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Anthropological studies have shown that in most cultures around the world, babies co-sleep with their parents. And the list of countries includes not only emerging economies and primitive societies and tribes but also, for example, Japan.
Is This Normal or Not?
Do you know why these results are so? Because co-sleeping with a baby is normal. Of course, there are precautions, especially when the child is still very small, but overall this is an absolutely adequate solution. A spacious bed with safety sides, plus a wedge pillow to maintain the natural position of the body is enough to prevent losing your mind due to lack of sleep.
Everything Originate from Instincts
If parents knew what their newborn is experiencing and feeling, they would not have been tormented by the answer to the question of where the child should sleep. Or if mothers could completely trust their instinct in resolving this issue, then even the question itself would never have sounded. Because children have been co-sleeping with their mothers since the birth of civilization. Cavemen did not know anything about special children’s goods. Litter of leaves and mother’s warmth was all that was needed.
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Why is co-sleeping together a legitimate need, not only for you but also for the child?
A child needs a joint sleep with his mother in order to form a balanced psyche, to create confidence in the world around him and, above all, in his own mother, for a stable sense of security. For a small child, a mostly superficial, shallow sleep is characteristic. This is a prerequisite for the development of a healthy brain. During superficial sleep, the child controls where his mother is, whether she is near. If mom is not around, the baby wakes up. Civilization, separating mother and child, kills the capabilities of the brain, programmed for continuous development, limits them.
When Separation Is a Necessity
The minimum age for moving into a separate room (and in a separate bed with a bed wedge, of course) is three years: some children already in this period tend to separate from adults. In most cases, the period when the child needs personal space begins at five to seven years.
Do not change the ritual before going to bed. Even if the place of sleep has changed, the ritual of preparing for sleep should remain unchanged. If you read a book before going to bed before moving to your room, continue to do so. Children love constancy. Repetitive and constant actions of parents give them a sense of security!
The Main Output
So, co-sleeping with a child under is a normal practice. It is normal to co-sleep with a child even up to six or seven years old. Further, separation is already becoming a prerequisite for normal development.