Jackie - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 248 moms have responded )
So I'm sure this one will illicit a firestorm b/c people are either very for or very against this topic...but I'm curious to see where it leads in a "debating" forum like this one.
I will state right now that I couldn't possibly be more against co-sleeping! There are a million reasons I'm against it, you need to maintain a bond with your significant other, it can be dangerous, no one (including the baby) sleeps as well/soundly, its a HORRENDOUS habit for your child etc etc etc. I promise you someone will post that "no school age kid is still in bed with his parents" and I'm going to state right now that one of the many reasons my daughter has never slept 2 minutes in our bed is b/c my husbands son WAS still sleeping in bed with his mom at the age of 10. he would come to our house where my husband absolutely did not allow it (a big part of the reason why he's my husband now...he was flat out against it and slept on the couch in the end of his first marraige b/c of it)...and at 9 years old it would take my husband 2 HOURS to get this kid to bed. So yes, it is a horrible habit that no they don't just "grow out of". My main reason for being against it is b/c I see absolutely no reason to do it. Your baby doesn't "need" to sleep with you all night, I know many children who have slept in their cribs from the day they came home from the hospital - including my own daughter. THey are all very healthy, well adjusted babies who get plenty of mommy/daddy time during their awake hours. Of the baby group that we are part of, there are 6 babies and the only 2 who do not sleep well are the 2 who were brought into bed with their parents. The rest of the babies have been sleeping 11-12 hours/nite since they were very very young. So...in short, sorry if that got winded, I feel strongly about this one, I do not agree with co-sleeping, and I have more I could say but I'll wait for some responses. I am interested in seeing where everyone else is coming from.