If there's one thing that the parenting world just can't seem to agree on, it's sleeping arrangements. For years, bed-sharing was frowned upon as lazy parenting and deemed unsafe. But due to new evidence that bed-sharing can, in fact, be practiced safely and that it actually has a lot of benefits for both parents and children, there are a few pieces of outdated bed-sharing advice that parents can happily toss aside.
Of course, not all bed-sharing is safe bed-sharing. Although there are ways to bed-share that are completely safe and healthy, some arrangements should be avoided. But parents who do their research on safe bed-sharing guidelines and sift through the bulk of misinformation out there will be just fine (and sleep much more soundly) at night.
Once you learn what outdated advice you can toss aside, you'll be able to focus on the many benefits of bed-sharing. According to one piece from Cornell University, safe bed-sharing promotes bonding with mother and baby, improves the quality of sleep for everyone involved, and promotes a healthy breastfeeding relationship.
Whether you've been a bed-sharing advocate from the start or a just starting to weed through the conflicting information, knowing the outdated from the updated can help make your decision much easier.