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Why Johnny Can't Sleep
Time Magazine April 14, 1997
The notion that babies should spend the night apart from parents is widely accepted. Trouble is, it makes no sense....
For our species, the natural nighttime arrangment is for kids to sleep alongside their mothers for the first few years. At least, that's the norm in hunter-gatherer societies, the closest thing we have to a model of the social environment in which humans evolved. Mothers typically nurse their children to sleep and then nurse on demand throughout the night. Sounds taxing, but it's not. When the baby cries, the mother starts nursing reflexively, often without really waking up. (And the father, as I can personally attest, never leaves Z-town.) ....
Why, exactly, is it bad to sleep with your kids? Learning to sleep alone, says Ferber, lets your child "see himself as an independent individual." I'm puzzled. It isn't obvious to me how a baby would develop a robust sense of autonomy while confined to a small cubicle with bars on the side and rendered powerless to influence its environment. (Nor is it obvious these days, when many kids spend 40 hours a week in day care, that they need extra autonomy training.)