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

Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of co-sleeping was in 1966

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“Co-sleeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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