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Amy Corbett Storch

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Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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Or you pick him up and cuddle him in your bed so everyone feels comforted and sleeps. Co-sleeping with an 18 month old is not a bad habit: it’s developmentally appropriate, is good for bonding, makes for better/deeper/longer sleep for child and adult. They will leave your bed/room sooner or later, when they’re ready (and then you will miss them :)) I don’t understand why parents and their young children are routinely advised to deprive each other of their company at night. Practically: when children need to cry out loud to get their parents’ attention, parents have to get all… Read more »

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I’m still cosleeping with my youngest, who’s 6 and is on the spectrum. It works for us. However, I still find your comment very guilt-inducing for parents that find that co-sleeping is not a good option for them.

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alana

Hold up Jennifer. I’m pleased that your family chose to co-sleep and it worked for you. But stop with the “teaching a baby they can’t rely on their caregiver at night leads to blah blah PSYCHOLOGICAL issues.” That’s a very loaded, very provocative and very untrue statement. That’s not “just saying there’s nothing wrong with co-sleeping,” that’s judgmental as hell.

No advice for OP other than what Amy has provided. You got this!

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There is also the option of moving your daughter out of the room, if that’s less disruptive of the routine. Like wait until she’s asleep, then move her out to a camp bed somewhere practical?