There are two main schools of thought when it comes to co-sleeping: "We would never let our kids sleep in our bed" and "We sleep with our kids every night." Whether or not you have a family bed, you have probably wondered about the ways co-sleeping affects your child's personality. Will your children become overly clingy and have a hard time becoming independent if they sleep in your bed?
Well-meaning friends and relatives have long warned new parents to avoid giving into a child who wants to sleep in their bed. In fact, even though my husband and I loved co-sleeping, we often lied about where our children slept out of fear that our friends would judge us, or reprimand us for potentially psychologically damaging our kids. Funny enough, years later we learned that almost all of our friends had also been bed sharing. Today, co-sleeping is much more common and not considered nearly as "crunchy" as it had been in the past. As far as psychologically damaging? That myth is on its way out, as well.