Any mom will tell you that a number of myths about sleep methods make the rounds. They get perpetuated in society and somehow ingrained into the fabric of every day life. The misguided and factually dismissive myths about co-sleeping are no exception. Unfortunately, new parents become inundated with these lies and they may wonder what has merit and what is a myth? It can be hard to tell, but there is some outdated co-sleeping advice you should ignore that has been dispelled by experts time and time again.
Simply stated, co-sleeping is a sleeping arrangement whereby a parent or caregiver sleeps in the same room as their baby. Different families do co-sleeping in different ways including bed-sharing, sidecar arrangement, and different beds but same room, as explained on Kelly Mom. Recently, bed-sharing has come under intense scrutiny and it's safety questioned. According to resources available, it seems most of the concerns about bed-sharing have been quite literally put to bed with expert findings and literature. Some larger organizations are still being cautious (some would argue overly so) and refusing to label it as "safe," but those who practice it praise the sleeping style.
When it comes to co-sleeping there is nothing wrong with doing it however you want, so long as you follow general safety guidelines and it's working for you and your family. The criticism and judgement you may receive for choosing to practice it, is frankly, neither here or there. Whether you're currently co-sleeping and seeking some validation or are considering it in the future, here are seven outdated pieces of advice still making the rounds that you should probably ignore.