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Sleeping through the night: could sleep sharing help?

All babies wake up throughout the night. Sometimes it’s simple hunger, while at other times your child may want comfort. When your baby starts to sleep through the night will depend on a lot of factors, including your child’s personality.
 
However, it has been proven that, on average, children who share a bed with their parents take a year longer than their counterparts to choose to sleep on their own and sleep through the night on their own. That having been said, it’s also been shown that children who sleep with their parents stay awake for shorter periods and fall asleep easier than those who sleep alone.
 
Sleep sharing won’t affect your child’s ability to sleep on his or her own, or to self soothe when the time comes. There are psychological, cognitive and social benefits to sleep sharing for your child, but it may mean that your child leaves the family bed a little later than other children. Ultimately, it’s a personal choice.

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If you’re struggling to get the sleep you need, then there are ten simple sleep tips that might help.
When it comes to sleep, every new parent needs more, but many struggle to fall asleep when they need to.
When it comes to sleep sharing safety, a lot depends on you and your partner, but studies show that the risk of accidental crushing are low.
If all else fails, arrange with a friend or family member that your baby spend a night with them once a week. This way, you and your partner have a whole night together to enjoy, as you want to, without any interruptions.
The right amount of sleep differs from individual to individual and even between cultures.

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