Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Reassurance

This article from The Times is an old one, but a friend has just drawn my attention to it and I've found it interesting. I keep meaning to read Margot Sunderland's books on child mental health and her recent research on cortisol levels in babies and the damage this can do, but so far have only got round to reading articles about her views. I kept nodding as I read this one about the value of co-sleeping, and how current UK culture and health policy actually goes *against* much of the available evidence.

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

This wasn't something I came into parenting thinking about--it just seemes natural and easier to have them with us. We didn't always sleep in the same bed-but all stayed in the same room for 2 1/2 years--but they have always been welcome to sleep with us whenever they want. Hopefully one at a time-or else my husband is stuck in one of their smaller beds! They had their own rooms for a bit-but then we decided to put them back together and it's worked a treat. I have two very confident and happy kids--so I'm sure it's another great foundation we gave them.

I still haven't read any of these parenting style books--I just think if everyone did what felt most comfortable for them--then they'll all be happy--and that happiness will give the kids the good start in life. If you follow all the books--but hate attachment parenting, or having all the extra folks in your bed--that can only send out negative vibes-which just can't be good for anyone.

bethnoir said...

oh dear, after reading that I feel bad that I don't co-sleep my children, but glad that they've not been sent to nursery or a child minder and they do come into our bed if they are distressed or need a cuddle. It's a question of balance for me, I guess.