Sweet snuggles and teeny tiny toe hugs are just a few of the reasons I loved co-sleeping with my littles so much. And even though they're in their own rooms now, I still sometimes hear the breath in the room. Although people tried to tell me it was a terrible idea, I am so happy I let my kiddos into my bed in those early years. In fact, research shows I did my kids a huge service, because the ways toddlers benefit from co-sleeping show how positive this experience can be in the present as well as the long run.
Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding certain types of co-sleeping with infants due to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Parenting magazine explained that after a child turns one year co-sleeping is a matter of family preference. And how you choose to co-sleep depends on your preferences too. As Kids Health from Nemours pointed out, room sharing and bed-sharing are the two most common types of co-sleeping. With the safety risks reduced, cuddling up each night with your toddler can not only be a fulfilling ritual, but one that has lasting affects for years to come. If you thought having a family bed would do more harm than good, check out these ways your toddler benefits from co-sleeping with you each night.