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  • Co-sleeping is still a pretty controversial topic in the parenting world, but it doesn't need to be.

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    While many people view it as inherently dangerous for babies, Dr. Sears says that co-sleeping can be both safe and beneficial for kids if children under 6 months are always kept on their backs with light or no bedding, the bed is kept away from things like blind cords and curtains, and you make sure the baby cannot fall between the mattress and a nearby wall (putting the mattress on the floor can help with this problem).

    While these mattresses certainly don't come cheap -- they range from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the size and firmness of the mattress you want -- it's certainly not as daunting as spending every night attempting to wiggle out from underneath a giant mass of kid limbs.