Mayim Bialik's Son May Sleep in Her Bed Until He's 7 Years Old
"How long do you think your child will sleep in your bed?" Anderson Cooper asks "Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik.
"I am told somewhere around five to seven... it may shift," says the attachment parenting advocate.
On Monday, Bialik joins Anderson and Co-Host Monday guest Rebecca Romijn to discuss the controversial Time magazine story that sparked a national debate about attachment parenting.
Bialik has written a new book, "Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way," and answers Anderson and Rebecca's questions about the principles of the practice.Should children sleep in the same bed as their parents?
Bialik continues, "We have two beds on the floor next to each other. And honestly, there is a natural desire for independence at night that does come."
"Most adults, you know, do not want to sleep alone -- it's not normal," says Bialik. "It is normal to be close to someone who loves you at night. There's nothing weird about it."
Bialik says attachment parenting is "a style of parenting that basically harkens to the way primates parent -- things like natural birth, breastfeeding, sleeping safely near your child, holding your child."
The actress and mother of two says the principles of attachment parenting mirror "the way mammals parent, the way primates parent, and pretty much all of human history it's the way people parented."
She continues, "A lot of people hear this term and think a lot of things -- that there's an attachment parenting police. That if you have a C-section you're out, or if you don't breastfeed, you're out. And it's simply not that."
"It sounds exhausting," says Romijn about the parenting practice. "You don't get a break in attachment parenting. As a mom, you have to make sure you're happy for your children to be happy."
"It is normal for a child to want to be close to you, when a child is near to you, it's significant to them. It physiologically makes sense," adds Bialik.
To see more on the topic, watch "Anderson" on Monday, May 21.