The Family Bed
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[One way to save getting out of bed in the night, and fosters emotional health like Breastfeeding. Touch is important. A cot beside the bed is a good idea in the first year.]
[Media May 15, 2006] Children 'should sleep with parents until five'
See: Bonding (attachment)
"I'm reminded of a debate the famous pediatrician Robert Mendelsohn, MD had with a psychiatrist. The panellist asked them about the Family Bed (everyone sleeping together). "It's a terrible idea," said the psychiatrist. "I'd never sleep with my children. It fosters dependency, it confuses them sexually, it's just plain wrong." The moderator asked if Dr. Mendelsohn would care to respond. "I agree with the psychiatrist," said Dr. Mendelsohn. "Psychiatrists should not sleep with their children. But for everyone else, it's just wonderful. I gives infants the warmth and security they seek. It enhances emotional health and it brings the family closer."--Ted Koren DC
See: Sleeping position
The Family Bed by Tine Thevenin