As a tired parent, I would do just about anything if it meant I could grab a few extra minutes of shut eye. This includes bringing my child into my bed to cure a bad dream or tend to their needs when they are sick. Even though my kids are what I consider to be "sometimes co-sleepers," I am still very aware of how their sleep habits differ on nights they bunk up with me and nights they sleep in their own bed. It is clear to me how id's sleeping habits change when they co-sleep, and the research on the subject has both supportive and surprising things to say about what I have observed.
Co-sleeping is one of those topics that has two very distinct and opposing sides, so it's important to consider both sides of the story when deciding whether or not this is a fit for your family. Because it is a decision that has to work for everyone to be executed properly. Although I never committed to full time co-sleeping, on the nights when I did allow the kids to share my room or bed, I noticed how it affected all of us during the night and into the next day.
There are both positive and negative ways co-sleeping can influence your kid's sleeping habits, so take a look at these five common findings among experts to get the big picture.