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Are you sleeping the same bed as your toddler? Well, it turns out there are many benefits to this.
Everyone wants to be near their little one at all times, so it’s hardly surprising they’re let into our beds to snuggle or sleep.
And a study has looked into whether or not this is good for you child. The conclusion? Co-sleeping with your youngster could make them grow up more confident.
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A group of college psychology students conducted a study, and it revealed that adults who co-slept with their parents “had higher self-esteem [and] less guilt and anxiety.”
As well as this, the co-sleeping made the respondents more comfortable relating to people physically.
One person said: “It always gave me a feeling of security to know that if I had a bad dream, I could crawl into bed with my mom and dad.”
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The report went on to say that: ”Females with a history of sleeping with their parents during childhood reported increased comfort with physical contact and affection and increased sexuality" while the men "reported greater frequency of sex" as adults.
James McKenna, Ph.D., who is the director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, said co-sleeping might contribute to a child being more independent, confident and competent in a social respect.
He penned: “A study of English children found that children who never slept in their parents’ beds were more likely to be harder to control, less happy and to exhibit greater tantrums than children who were allowed into the parental bed.
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“They were also more fearful and more dependant on their parents than children who always slept in their parents’ beds.”
The study was looking at kids above a year old, with The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warning against co-sleeping with babies under six months old.
Dr. McKenna has studied the effects of parents co-sleeping for a long time, and in 1997 he penned that: “babies, who routinely share a bed with their mothers, breastfeed more frequently and for longer periods during the night than babies who do not routinely share a bed with their mothers."
He added that this could have a “significant positive impact on an infant’s well-being as there is 'near universal agreement that increased breastfeeding reduces infant morbidity and mortality worldwide.”
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