Lying With Your Kids Until They Fall Asleep Might Actually Be Beneficial

Please consult a pediatrician for recommendations for co-sleeping before trying this at home. 

Attachment parenting, co-sleeping, and lying with your child until they drift off could actually mold them into much more stable adults.

When you first have a baby, chances are you'll be inundated with opinions from others who became parents before you on how you should raise your child. That coupled with some of your own research will probably leave you not knowing whether you're coming or going. For every piece of advice you're given, there will be someone else telling you why that advice is wrong.

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A lot of that conflicting advice has to do with opinions coming from people who grew up at different times. For a while now, the general consensus when it comes to babies and small children has been that they need to learn to soothe themselves as early on in life as possible. That to an extent, they should be left to "cry it out" and get themselves to sleep.

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That can be painful for any parent. Listening to your children cry and trying to stick to the advice that leaving them be is best in the long run. Well, if you are a parent who is pained by that, we might have some good news. New research conducted by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst shows that attachment parenting is the way to go, reports The Sun.

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This new research provides a possible link between children who are raised using attachment parenting and those same children being healthier physically and psychologically when they become adults. That extends as far as co-sleeping, which is frowned upon by many due to its potential dangers. However, that can include a cot alongside your bed, or even continuing to co-sleep as they grow older.

What's important to remember at this point is ultimately, you need to do what is best for you and your child. Otherwise, this new research will just be the latest piece of conflicting information you read and muddy the waters even more. If you think your child benefits from co-sleeping and attachment parenting, and it makes both your lives easier, then that sounds like the right route for you.

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