There has been a great deal of controversy over the topic of parents sharing a bed with their babies. co-sleeping. Although some pediatricians and sleep specialists have warned against the idea of co-sleeping, there is a new study out that shows co-sleeping may not be developmentally harmful.
Researchers observed 944 low income families. They first evaluated the families when their children were 1 year old, and then revisited the children at each turn of age, until the age of five. At age five all of the children were given cognitive and behavioral tests to determine their developmental processes. In the end the authors found no link between toddlers who bed share and the onset of cognitive or behavioral problems by the time the child turned five. Although this research proves that bed sharing may not be harmful for children from 1-5 years, the authors still note that sharing a bed with a child who is any younger than the age of 1 can still pose a risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).