Peta Tuck, from Brisbane, says "co-sleeping has been the best decision ever for my family."

The 31-year-old mum told the Daily Mail she first started co-sleeping with her eldest daughter when she was five months old because "it had been a battle trying to sleep train her."

But after trying various approaches, the mum-of-three – who also works as a doula – eventually just "listened to my instincts and not everyone around me telling me what I should be doing.

She added: "My baby girl was waking for a reason, she was communicating with me."

After finally allowing her daughter to sleep in their bed, Peta adopted the same approach of "cuddling and rocking" her other two children to sleep.

In fact, the couple's three-year-old son currently doesn't even have his own bed – yet alone a room.

Discussing the benefits of co-sleeping, Peta said: "The biggest one is more sleep for all of us.

"There is also less stress and pressure around bedtime.

"Having the attachment with your child offers many benefits in development as well."

Acknowledging the stigma surrounding co-sleeping, Peta wrote on her Facebook page: "Our society over the years has tried to gravitate away from what we as humans and mammals need when raising our children.

"It is in our DNA to be with our children. They cry for a reason, to communicate their needs."

Opposing popular parenting advice, the mum-of-three added: "When did having a baby sleep through the night become the defining moment for successful parenting?"

But with the whole family of five sleeping in one bed, surely this must affect the couple's sex life?

What is co-sleeping and what are the dangers?

  • Co-sleeping is when parents sleep in the same space as their baby, whether this is in bed or on the sofa.
  •  It’s estimated that half of all UK mums will share a bed with their baby at some point during the first few months of their little one’s life.
  •  But according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Sudden Infant Death Syndrome occurs more often when parents co-sleep.
  • The NHS says "it's especially important not to share a bed with your baby if you or your partner are smokers,  have recently drunk alcohol or have taken medication or drugs that make you sleep more heavily'
  • The risks of co-sleeping are increased if your baby was borm premature and has a low birth weight of less than 5.5lbs

Peta joked: "The bedroom isn't the only place for that."

Advising other parents to be more open to co-sleeping, Peta said: "If you are contemplating it, you most likely need it.

"Familiarise yourself with the safe guidelines. And be prepared for feet in strange places."

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