bed-sharing

noun

bed-shar·​ing ˈbed-ˌsher-iŋ How to pronounce bed-sharing (audio)
variants or bed sharing
: the practice of sleeping in the same bed with one's child
Now the practice of bed sharing appears to be coming back into favor again—and a close look at the science suggests that the context in which parents do it, and the choices they make beforehand, matter a lot in terms of safety.Melinda Wenner Moyer
More and more parents are sleeping next to their infants—the percentage of bed-sharing babies has more than doubled in recent years …Karen Springen
compare co-sleeping
bed-share intransitive verb
or bed share
bed-shared or bed shared; bed-sharing or bed sharing; bed-shares or bed shares
Studies have found that the risk of SIDS [sudden infant death syndrome] increases anywhere from two to tenfold when parents bed-share, depending on the bed-sharing situation and the age of the baby. Jessica Pauline Ogilvie

Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bed-sharing was in 1968

Dictionary Entries Near bed-sharing

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“Bed-sharing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bed-sharing. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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