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Sunday, 25 March 2001

Effects Of The Family Bed

Written by  Ruth Lockshin

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QWhat are the benefits of letting your child sleep in your bed?

AThe article on Co-Sleeping in the WholeFamily site mentions a few of the beneficial effects for children who sleep with the parents -- children have a more rested mother, it's good for family bonding, and there seems to be a lower risk of SIDS.

The following resources contain information about many studies on the subject. You might be especially interested in the research now in progress by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber and author Maria Goodavage who are surveying mothers, fathers, and children who have "graduated" from the family bed. They can be reached at the last web site on the list.

Whatever you decide to do, we wish you many nights of sound sleeping!



Newspaper articles:
"Commentary: Warning About Sleeping with Baby Doesn't Hold Up," Penelope Leach, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Sunday, October 3, 1999 (reprinted from the New York Times)


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Ruth Lockshin

Ruth Lockshin

Ruth Lockshin, freelance writer and editor, was born and raised in Chicago, has a BA in history from Brandeis University and currently lives in Toronto. She was a breast-feeding counselor for 15 years. She and her husband, Professor Marty Lockshin, have four children and a growing brood of grandchildren. She is also proud to be known as the daughter of the late Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, author of Confessions of a Medical Heretic and How to Raise A Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor.

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