The act of co-sleeping, where babies and toddlers share a “family bed” with their parents, is a rising trend in the United States, though the practice is contested by those who doubt its purported benefits. Here are the pros and cons of co-sleeping with your child:
  1. PRO: Breastfeeding in bed much more convenient than running hose into nursery
  2. CON: Instills in child the dangerous idea that they come first in parents’ lives
  3. PRO: Gushing to single friends about the beauty of sleeping beside your spouse and infant will make them feel even lonelier
  4. CON: Baby kept awake night after night by your recurring nightmares
  5. PRO: Crying sounds way better live than through crappy monitor
  6. CON: Very real risk of your child one day uttering the words “family bed” in public
  7. PRO: No scientific evidence that smothering a newborn with the full weight of your unconscious body inhibits development
  8. CON: Yet another goddamn sleep number to juggle
  9. PRO: Easy nighttime feedings mean that moms can pump a few ounces just for themselves during the day
  10. CON: Probably tough for newborn to sleep so close to the womb without being able to get back in
  11. PRO: Mommy, Daddy, and baby can sleep soundly knowing their condo still has a killer home gym
  12. CON: It’s weird as hell—let’s not pretend otherwise