I've never met a parent who's like, "Oh yeah, I get plenty of sleep. Too much, even. I should probably sleep less." Because when you decide to have a child, you're basically agreeing to spend several years extremely tired. Parents are always looking for ways to score a little extra shut-eye, and some are turning to bed-sharing to make it happen. You may or may not sleep well with a tiny foot in the small of your back, but there's some evidence to suggest there are reasons your kid gets a better night's sleep when they bed-share.
Bed-sharing is one of those topics that can get pretty heated in parenting circles. According to The Huffington Post, some doctors say bed-sharing is dangerous and should be avoided. Psychology Today, however, noted that moms and babies have bed-shared since the dawn of time, meaning it's totally OK. Ultimately, it comes down to what works best for you. And if you decide to try it out, then you need to make sure you are practicing safe bed-sharing techniques. It's especially important to follow guidelines when you have an infant, including minimizing pillows and blankets, never bed-sharing if you've been drinking heavily, and positioning your bed so that your baby can't fall out of it.
My husband and I occasionally let our daughter sleep in our bed, but it inevitably ends with three of us in a letter H formation (one of us gets kicked in the side, and the other gets head-butted). Needless to say, bed-sharing isn't for everyone, but here are seven reasons it might be the right call for you.