Co Sleeping : Is It Beneficial Or Does It Do More Harm Than Good?

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Co-Sleeping - Is It Beneficial or Does It Do More Harm Than Good? Co-sleeping, or young children or infants sharing the bed or room with a primary caregiver(s), has been deemed by the media as a possibly harmful habit yet it is heavily prevalent among families in the United States. In contrast, health-care providers commonly advise co-sleeping on the basis that it could have the ability to create ease of falling asleep for infants. In Western cultures, it is often difficult to see the idea of a “family bed” as normal despite its heavy prevalence. Research places weight on both sides of the argument of whether co-sleeping does more harm than good. Although there is a heavy amount of evidence claims that co-sleeping is hazardous and causes sleep difficulties among infants and children, there are strong arguments for co-sleeping such as its ability to aid in immediate and long-term development and that it can actually play a protective role during a child’s sleep. The first few weeks of being a new parent is challenging as there is a goal of wanting the infant to eventually be able to successfully self-soothe and sleep through the night. The idea that a ‘good’ baby is one that is able to sleep through the night became heavily popular in the United States in recent decades. (McKenna, 2005) Normalizing this idea of a ‘good’ baby has driven the public to believe that co-sleeping may not provide the ideal, safest environment for children, and that there is a necessity to…

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