Kourtney Kardashian sleeps with her 11-month-old son, Mason. According to The Stir, she was forced to defend the practice while making a guest appearance on The View.
Of course, Kardashian isn’t the only one sleeping with her baby. When my kids were little, 18, 19 months, we had a sitter who knew my kids often ended up in our bed, and she didn’t like it. She’d try not to say anything, but she’d purse her lips, sigh and tsk, tsk whenever the subject of sleep came up. She was 23 and carefree and I’d look at her going all “Oh no you don’t” on me and giggle. Two years later she was a single mom and guess where the baby slept? “I just can’t help it!” She told me. I heard her.
Now my kids are no longer toddlers, but they still sometimes sleep in my bed. And I know I’m not the only one.
My colleague Danielle recently wrote about the practice of co-sleeping with babies. She gives sound advice on how to do it safely. With older kids, the practice of sharing a bed is more widespread than most parents like to admit. Tara Parker Pope wrote about this in The New York Times a few years back. In the article she explains three types of co-sleeping outlined by Kathleen Dyer in an article in Infant and Child Development. They are as follows: (1) Intentional co-sleepers. These are people who plan on breastfeeding for a long period of time and think that co-sleeping will make it easier. (2) Reactive co-sleepers, or people who share a bed because their kids won’t go to sleep any other way or, because of space and money issues, they don’t have a choice. (3) Circumstantial co-sleepers, or “parents who sleep with their children occasionally because of circumstances like sharing a bed on a family vacation, during a thunderstorm or because the child is sick.”
Our family falls into that last category. We’ll go through stretches where we play a nightly game of musical beds and periods where everyone stays in the bed they fell asleep in. (I’m not saying whose bed that is.) Judge me? Have at it. I’m putting it out there. And so, is Kourtney Kardashian.
On The View Kourtney was asked by Sherri Shepard, “… But are you really surprised by the reaction you’ve been getting from people about sleeping with your son?” Kourtney’s answer? “Yeah, I mean, everyone has their opinion to say about everything….” (Like giving your 11-month-old peanut butter.) Of course she shouldn’t be surprised. She pretty much asked to be a celebrity and not because of her work (I don’t think). She’s not an actor or an artists. She’s just curvy. Right? Actually, I don’t know what she does. But if she’s on The View promoting her book she best be prepared to talk about her parenting, because what else does she have to talk about? That said, it’s nice that she enjoys snuggling with her little one. Even for married couples, as long as both parents are on board. sleeping with your kids can be cozy and nice.
Are you circumstantial co-sleepers, or some other kind of co-sleeper in your family? Whoever sleeps where, you OK with the other side?
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