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The Social Science of Co-Sleeping

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jun 19, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 28:33

Guest: Susan Stewart, PhD, Professor of Sociology, Iowa State University, Author of “Co-Sleeping: Parents, Children and Musical Beds” In the middle of the night, tired parents will cave to nearly any demand, if it means a few more minutes of precious sleep. So kids sneaking into bed with mom and dad might be tolerated if everyone gets more shut-eye out of the deal. And if it becomes a habit? Well, American parents aren’t that likely to admit it publicly, with fear of SIDS and raised eyebrows. So, we really don’t know how many American families are co-sleeping, as this arrangement is called. Susan Stewart wanted to find out more.