I've shared before how we've become a co-sleeping family. Now with our new son due to arrive any day now, the family bed has been heavy on my heart.
I was quite pleased to read Peggy O'Mara's recent article over at mothering.com.
Peggy O'Mara boldly writes, "We have set a cruelly unrealistic standard for infant sleep. We expect babies to conform to our adult world, and we justify coercing them when they don't."
She writes further:
"Convincing international research supports a parent's instinct to sleep with her baby. Cosleeping seems to have a corrective effect on the infant's respiration. The baby breathes more regularly when in skin contact with the mother. For this reason, too, cosleeping is protective against SIDS. One researcher even found that cosleeping was not only safe, it was twice as safe as not cosleeping."
The entire article is worth reading. Each paragraph has me nodding my head, excitedly agreeing and feeling more comfortable in our parenting style. On top of it all, it's great timing because now...I don't care so much that the crib is still in the other room. :)