In Defense of Co-Sleeping with Kids

I find it interesting how parents, regardless whether they’ve just gotten into the parenting stream, or have years of experience already, are so readily prepared to judge other parents who do parenting different from them.

One of the reasons I have gotten the raised eyebrow from other mums over the years is the fact I let Ethan and Noah spend nights in the bedroom bed, family bed as we like to call it, despite having their own beds. Yes, there are benefits to sleeping on their own, like becoming more independent, but there are benefits to co-sleeping too.

Co-sleeping doesn’t result in separation anxiety, there are no stress disorders, there are less behavioral problems (especially inter-generational conflicts), lesser risks of SIDS (sleep infant death syndrome), and there is family closeness.

It also makes shopping for bedroom furniture fun, like the choice of a solid king size bed, made of durable and sustainable materials (think oak tree), perfect for those morning family hugs.

Having a lot to do with decorating people’s homes over the years, telling them how to best fill up the interior to get the outcome of comfort, I can say there’s no better comfort than when it’s shared.

I love having home makeovers, and the bedroom is no exception considering the versatile bedroom furniture one can come across online and in stores around, and if I get to enjoy it, carefully choosing for value, practicality, and design, I also want my family to enjoy it.

Recently, I wanted to add some change, wanting a spot for more of our family photos, as well as my growing book collection, and I got the help of my three boys with the choice of drawers. We ended up choosing an oak chest of drawers, where everyone has their own drawer.

Sure, not many would agree with this, but for me the bedroom shouldn’t be the room kids are afraid to trespass, and having this chest of drawers has helped with teaching my kids how to keep things neatly organised.

More on the benefits of co-sleeping, which is surely going to please people trying to cut down the carbon footprint, is the fact it is sustainable; there’s lesser waste of resources, in terms of electricity, and heating or cooling costs. So, yes, even if it doesn’t appear to be so, the way you sleep can affect the environment. That sounds like a reason enough to consider co-sleeping, don’t you agree?

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