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January 4th, 2013, 10:53 PM
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I've co-slept with each of my children and I couldn't imagine it any other way. With my first, he needed to be touching me in order to sleep and we co-slept for the first 19 months. He still needs someone to lie down with him in order to go to sleep. With my daughter, she didn't need that constant touching and she would start out in the bassinet for her first sleep leg of the night and then come in with me. At around 4 or 5 months, she moved into her crib in her room and she goes to sleep fine without any trouble. I think it really depends on the child if they will want to co-sleep for a longer length of time - I'm sure if it were up to my 4 year old son, he would be happily co-sleeping still.
As for safety, I personally think it's less of a risk for SIDS than a baby sleeping alone after reading up on recent studies (as long as it's done safely and you do not have any of the risk factors that make co-sleeping unsafe).
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