Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses why bed sharing is important for infants. The assignment “Why Bed Sharing Is Important for Infants” talks about the opinions of the family experts and parents who believe that bed sharing, also known as Co-sleeping, between an infant and the parent is important. Supporters of this idea view co-sleeping as a way of creating a strong and affectionate bond between a mother and child.
Melissa Hunsley and Evelyn B Thoman describe in their text that co-sleeping puts the infant in a vulnerable situation. According to their text, co- sleeping may lead to either harm or death to the infant. In their experiment, Hunsley and Thoman set out to investigate the implications of co-sleeping towards infant development. The test involved recording the sleep patterns in one hundred and one healthy and full-term infants. The experiment also involved non-intrusive 24-hour monitoring of the infants aged 5 weeks and 6 months. The researchers divided the infants into three groups. none co-sleepers, short term co-sleepers, and long term co- sleepers. At the end of the experiment, results indicated a great disparity between the long term co-sleepers and long term co-sleepers. Long term co-sleepers indicated less active sleep, fewer arousals, and less wakefulness. This sleep pattern found in long term co-sleepers indicates stress in the infant. As the child develops, he or she experiences stressful sleep due to disturbances experienced during co-sleeping. In some cases, co-sleeping parents who smoke lead to passive smoking by the infant, which is a health hazard to the child.