Who wants to sleep alone? Not me, and chances are your baby doesn't want to either. The family bed is becoming more and more mainstream, no longer reserved for hippie parents or stalwart attachment parenting devotees. Still, myths about co-sleeping prevail, and I'm not sure why.
“If you were a baby, where would you want to sleep?” Dr. William Sears asked in a report filed by Fox News. “In a crib alone in a dark room behind bars or nestled close to your favorite person in the whole world?" Still, babies don't always get what they want, and they shouldn't. Setting boundaries is one of the most important things you can do you can do as a parent, acknowledged Child and Family Support Services. But just because you're setting boundaries, doesn't mean you have to skip your desire to co-sleep if that's what you want to do.
And, according to science, there's a biological imperative that backs up your desire to be near your baby during nocturnal hours, and likewise, for your baby to want to be near you, or so indicated a study published by Professor James J. McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. With that in mind, the following myths about co-sleeping are busted, so you can finally put them to bed.