True, and, right!
Posted by Caroline on July 15, 1998 at 23:09:07:
In response to The Family Bed, written by Carolyn B on July 15, 1998 at 19:35:23
] Forgot to mention the "family bed" which I assume would have been more prevalent in the less well-off families that couldn't afford lots of furniture. I wonder if there's a certain amount of status in having separate bedrooms, separate beds?
You could be right here. The warmth factor comes into it, too.If you could afford a fire in your room, you could probably afford separate beds, too.
] Apparently the "family bed" is coming back in style, because my friend who is going the natural parenting route with her daughter practices this. Everyone is in one bed, parents, baby, kids until they want their own beds, etc. The argument in favor is that this allows the mother to breastfeed at night without disturbing everyone's sleep cycle.
It sounds like she's been going to the La Leche League!
I don't know one set of parents who never had a small body decide to come and "visit" in the middle of the night! My youngest never slept in a crib, and I never had a disturbed night with him. The 'family' bed does get a bit crowded, sometimes, but everyone seems to sleep better for it.I know several sets of parents who sleep with the crib right next to the bed, too.
I once had the pleasure of a long talk with a Professor of Folklore at the Université de Laval, Québec, who pointed out that traditional Quebec cradle styles always incorporated a way of tying a rope or a leather strap to the cradle, so that it could be "rocked" by someone lying on a bed.
- Introduction of chimneys led to development of seperate rooms-nfm Captain Everett 18:22:10 7/16/98 (0)
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