Co-Sleeping: Parents, Children and Musical Beds

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Getting your baby or toddler to sleep can be one of the biggest challenges of parenting and for many parents, co-sleeping is the answer. The dangers of co-sleeping, however, have been well documented by the medical community. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with author and associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University Susan Stewart who has recently published a new book Co-sleeping: Parents, Children and Musical Beds. Christi Johnson, who co-sleeps with her 6 year old and her 3 year old, and Penny Smith, a neonatal nurse specialist at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, also join the conversation. Johnson says that she feels uncomfortable talking about co-sleeping sometimes, but that it works really well for her family. "We have a king bed, and then two twin beds on the sides. We use a lot of attachment parenting techniques, and it has worked really well for us. It allows us to feel closer to our kids," she says.

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