By the mid-twentieth century, American parents were overwhelmingly tucking junior into junior's bed and heading off to their own king-sized solitude. Most still do.
But co-sleeping — pulling the kids in with mom and dad for the night — has surged in recent years. There have always been ethnic variations in habit, with white Americans as the big hold-out. Now, everyone's co-sleeping more. Lots more. Maybe because of breast-feeding. Maybe because we're just starved for time with the little critters.
This hour, On Point: time-famine, co-sleeping and the crowded family bed.
Donald G. McNeil, Jr., science reporter The New York Times
James McKenna, head of the Mother-Child Sleep Lab at the University of Notre Dame
Joshua Sparrow, child psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, co-author of three new books on sleep, fussy babies, and discipline
Andrea Barbalich, executive editor Child magazine
This program aired on January 17, 2003.