The NYT reports on the growing Co-Sleeping Pride movement, in which literally several new parents who have been co-sleeping in secret shame have come out of the closet now that Dr. Richard Ferber has backtracked from his previous "cry it out, dammit" babysleeping advice. The biggest shock: they look just like us normal people.
[Is this for real? In the original 1985 edition of Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems, Ferber advocated brusquely cleaning up and leaving again if your child cried so much he threw up? "If you reward him for throwing up by staying with him, he will only learn that this is a good way for him to get what he wants." Should we be preparing for a wave of ADD-addled serial killers when this first Ferber generation hits high school?]
The whole article is shot through with over-emotional gotcha moments between co-sleepers and their oppressors: militant pediatricians, and "moralizing" fellow parents who have used a different approach. Emotions and tension runs pretty high for new parents, especially during those first few months where a shower suddenly seems like an overambitious goal.
But seriously, people, give a conscientious parent the benefit of the doubt; who they decide to sleep with is really nobody's business but their own.