Mother co-sleeping with children, court puts them up for adoption

Two children, both aged under four, have been taken away from their parents after their mother refused to follow the advice of professionals to not have them sleep with her in her bed.

According to The Telegraph, social workers became concerned after the youngest child suffered bruises and a broken wrist when he was just months old.

Along with giving recommendations on feeding, the social workers advised against the mother co-sleeping with her children – advice she refused to take on.

After supervising and supporting the family, the social workers then handed the case over to the family court, where Judge Peter Greene of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the UK concluded that the mother was "brusque and physically forceful" with her kids and dismissive with trained professionals.

Following the court proceedings, Judge Greene then ordered that the two children be placed for adoption.

What’s the deal with co-sleeping?

Co-sleeping, itself, is a parenting technique that can leave child-bearers divided. However, radio and TV personality [Chrissie Swan]](|target="_blank"|rel=”nofollow”) has always been one to advocate for sleeping in the same bed as your children.

"Waking up with them next to me and watching them as they sleep in, and feeling their warm little bodies and bony knees in bed at night next to mine is honestly one of my life's greatest joys,” 42-year-old wrote on her official Facebook page.

“I understand if it's not for you. Plenty of things aren't for me! But this one is and it has been the loveliest and most unexpected reward of motherhood for me.”

Co-sleeping: the parenting topic that everyone’s got an opinion on…

The moment you head home after baby, and the breastfeeding question has already been asked, new parents are asked about "the sleeping arrangements" – and, alas, as a new parent, it's not as saucy as it sounds.

People want to know if your baby is:

  • Sleeping in your room.
  • If so, sleeping in your bed.
  • Sleeping in their own room.

And all of these people asking this question will have a point of view about where your baby should be sleeping – and the in-room and the own-room people will never ever agree with each other.

New research in favour co-sleeping is interesting as it supports that whole concept of "rooming in", but not bed-sharing. And, hey, if it saves babies' lives, then it's great.

However, Red Nose recommends sleeping a baby next to the parents' bed, not in it, for the first six to 12 months of life as studies suggest that this, in fact, lowers the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI).