The latest research on the family bed has concluded that co-sleeping has no impact on a young child’s intellectual or social development. The study, led by the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, looked at the data of over 900 American mothers who slept with their children at age one, two, and three. The children’s behavior and intellectual development were tested at age five and it was found that bed-sharing had no negative impact the children.
While bed-sharing is an uncommon practice in North America, families who do co-sleep,should avoid the practice with children under one year of age because of the concern of suffocation or higher incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
SOURCE: Pediatrics, online July 18, 2011.
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