So-called "sleep disorders" are among the most common reasons why parents seek professional advice. Scientific sources say that in Western culture 25% of infants and 50% of school children suffer from sleep disorders at least temporarily. According to 1001kindernacht®, in most cases this is not a sleep disorder in the medical sense, but rather unfavourable sleeping conditions and inappropriate expectations of the parents on the child's maturity.
Cosleeping with an infant/child is quite normal in many cultures. Anthropologists assume that in the course of human evolution infants have always slept near or on their mother's body in order to be breastfed, which increased their chances of survival.
Cultures that practice cosleeping do not experience childhood sleep disorders. Can this habit of having the child in bed with the parents simply be transferred to Western society? Our experience shows that cosleeping in Western families is often accompanied by feelings of guilt or is seen as unsatisfactory by the parents.
"Cosleeping is also more common in the U.S. than most people believe. The typical American home has a room that contains a crib for the baby, and parents report that the baby sleeps in the crib. Yet when researchers ask specific questions about who sleeps where, it turns out that the majority of mothers sleep with their young children at least part of most nights. Parents present themselves as having babies who sleep alone, following the societal norm of the baby in the baby’s room and the couple in the master bedroom, but that is not an accurate representation of what is really happening." (James McKenna in "Safe Infant Sleep", 2020)
Cosleeping has numerous advantages ...
- Breastfeeding at night is simplified
- A child who sleeps with his mother is breastfed longer
- The sleep phases of mother and child are equalized and the mother is not awakened from deep sleep
- The children cry less
- Parents sleep better and are more rested during the day
- Sleeping is associated with positive feelings and experiences and promotes good quality sleep for life
... just to name a few.
Cosleeping is good choice, but in Western culture it is no longer passed on from generation to generation. Instead, it triggers numerous fears and doubts.
Therefore, sleep consultants of 1001babynights help parents on their way to find an individually suitable and above all safe form of sleep so that the whole family can sleep well.