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Cosleeping is a taboo in our society today. It may sound strange, or downright abusive to sleep in the samespace as a child. This, however, is the creation of an over-developed, over-indulged, and me-focused world.
In the majority of cultures in other parts of the world, it’s seen as abusive to allow a baby to sleep in another room, let alone a cage, and require them to cry hysterically before responding to their need for food or attention. I have to say that I agree.
What is cosleeping?
Cosleeping is simply allowing your little ones to sleep near you. Bed sharing is technically sleeping in the same bed as your baby. It is the norm for parents to sleep in the same bed as their child until the age of six or older, and to share a room with their children until at least the teen years around the world.
The Benefits of Cosleeping
Study after study is showing that cosleeping has numerous benefits. Brain development is heightenedas children experience more uninterrupted and peaceful sleep. The child neurologically develops faster as he is allowed to sleep in numerous positions which use his muscles more.
I don’t know about you, but I remember spending endless nights staring at my night light, waiting for morning. Sleeping alone is lonely and scary. The high levels of fear and low levels of sleep do not contribute to a healthy, complete child.
Attachment between the parent and child increases as the child knows she doesn’t need to cry to get her parent’s attention in the night, which flows into a less fussy baby during the day.
Of course, don’t ever sleep with your child while you are on drugs or alcohol, or if you have a fetish for gigantic, fluffy blankets.
The Government’s Business in your Bed
You may or may not be surprised that I feel the government should have no say over what goes on in your bedroom (or house, or life), but of course, they think they know best outside of natural intuition and thousands of years of healthy living.
Years ago, a governmental agency launched the Back to Bed campaign discouraging parents to sleep with their babies or allow them to sleep in any position besides on their back. A poster depicting a baby sleeping with a knife compared the act of cosleeping with allowing such a situation. The poster made me want to throw a knife at the poster.
Numerous physicians have noted the correlation between SIDS and vaccine reaction (vaccine death). With noclear cause for SIDS admitted by the government, they have used the campaign to attempt to put action to their poor theories, with no scientific backing, much to the detriment of thousands of children.
Viera Schreibner Ph.D. wrote an amazing book on this subject, Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research.
In her experiments, she saw a strong correlation between 15-16 days post vaccination and cot death (now called SIDS). That’s also the typical immune system response time.
Interestingly, cosleeping is the norm among the Japanese, who appear to be immune from SIDS. Coincidence? Sure, says the U.S. government (as they count their vaccine dollars).
My Experience with Cosleeping
My son was born just about bed time (thank you, child) and after I downed a cheeseburger, I set him beside me, sleeping in bed. I was ready to go to sleep myself after being up for two days, but wasn’t sure just what to do with him.
My midwife noticed me looking around, from the bassinet to the sleeping baby (occasionally glancing at the barrage of lovely women doing my laundry and cleaning up my food wrappers), and simply said “he will be fine with you.” I gave a questioning look back, but was too tired to offer much more response. The next day, the media fears rang in my head, and I went out to buy a Moses basket. We tried that for a day, but it wasn’t the same as being able to touch my child throughout the night. I sold the basket, and in my bed is where my son remained.
I can’t express the peace of having your child sleep with you. Knowing they are healthy and safe is invaluable. I know the day before my child is sick because I can tell by his sleep patterns nights before any symptoms show. It is an attachment on an entirely other level.