In many cultures, families sleep together. In others, it is customary for babies and children to sleep in their own cribs or beds. Supporters of bed-sharing, or the "family bed," feel that it helps babies sleep better. Others feel that it interrupts sleep patterns for everyone in the family. There is no clear evidence that one style is better for children and their families than another. Where a child sleeps is a personal family decision.
Some parents, especially nursing mothers, find that letting a child sleep with them is easier than having to get up and go to another room to feed a baby in the middle of the night. It is important to understand, however, that this pattern of bed-sharing can be difficult to change when a baby gets older. Some families compromise by having the baby in the parents' room during the stage when she wakes up frequently, then returning her to her own room when she begins sleeping for longer periods of time.
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