"Human babies are contact seekers. What they need the most is their mother's and father's bodies," McKenna says. "This is what's good for their physiology. This is what their survival depends on."
It's true, babies need to be held. This is a known fact and many elderly hospital volunteers have spent many long hours rocking babies in nurseries all over the country for just this reason. So why does it come as a surprise to so many parents that babies want to be held all the time?
In a recent article by Michaeleen Doucleff titled "Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?" this touchy topic is once again brought to the forefront of conversation, only this time, there is some interesting new evidence to support why sleeping with your children might not be as bad as we once thought.
In the article there is an easy to understand diagram explaining that my child is more likely to have a peanut allergy (which by the way, one of my children does) than to die from sleeping with me in my bed when I am a non-smoking, sober, nursing mother.
Perhaps, with a bit of mindfulness and attention to they types of pillows and bedding we can feel comfortable knowing that we can provide constant contact with our precious little ones without the guilt and fear that comes with being a closet co-sleeper.