co-sleep·​ing (ˌ)kō-ˈslē-piŋ How to pronounce co-sleeping (audio)
: the practice of sleeping in the same bed or close by in the same room with one's child
Parents should be aware of potential co-sleeping risks, including accidental smothering and children falling off the bed.Nicky Cohen
Besides making a baby feel safe, co-sleeping extends the quality time that parents can spend with her.Martin E. P. Seligman
compare bed-sharing
co-sleep intransitive verb
co-slept (ˌ)kō-ˈslept How to pronounce co-sleeping (audio) ; co-sleeping; co-sleeps
… a mom of two in Atlanta. She loved breastfeeding, she returned to her career in marketing after maternity leave, and she co-slept with her babies for years. Parenting

Examples of co-sleeping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, our research team compared the sleep habits of people who did and didn’t co-sleep with pets. Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Some couples have asymmetrical bedtimes, something Teran said still affords access to co-sleeping benefits. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 16 Mar. 2024 Investigators determined that the infant’s mom had been co-sleeping with the infant and suffocated her child in the middle of the night. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 11 Mar. 2024 The baby's death came about two years after the death of Lykins' 2-month-old son during co-sleeping, according to court records accessed by McClatchy News. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 24 Feb. 2024 Up until my baby was 6 months old, my husband and I would sleep beside her (with her in the bassinet) or co-sleep. Tiffany Leigh, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 Experts say co-sleeping with your pet can have some downsides, including allergies, the risk of getting parasites, and potential sleep disruptions. Alyssa Hui, Health, 3 Feb. 2024 Americans who have visited the Scandinavian region (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark) are bringing back unique hacks to get the benefits of co-sleeping without the tug-of-war. Halee Miller, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Jan. 2024 In some incidents, additional causes of death are listed, such as prematurity, a respiratory illness or co-sleeping with an adult. Suzy Khimm, NBC News, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of co-sleeping was in 1966

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“Co-sleeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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