Helen Flanagan sparks parenting debate on This Morning: ‘It’s dangerous!’

Helen Flanagan admitted she does THIS with baby Matilda - but is there anything wrong with it?

Helen Flanagan and Matilda

by Kayleigh Dray |
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It may seem like yesterday, but Helen Flanagan gave birth to her baby daughter almost a year ago now.

And, since Matilda’s arrival, the former Coronation Street star has done everything in her power to make sure her and Scott Sinclair’s little girl has the best life possible.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, the 25-year-old admitted that she even lets her baby share a bed with her.

Helen said firmly: “I’m still sleeping with her – I'll stop when she reaches 1.

“I want to get her into a better routine and she won't go into a cot. I know that's probably my fault.”

She added: “It's so cute sleeping next to your baby and I'll never have that time back again.

“She feels safe knowing where we are. I also get a better nights sleep if she's in with us."

Her co-sleeping revaltion comes shortly after 28-year-old Adele let slip that her three-year-old son, Angelo, also shares a bed with her.

The singer said: “We sleep in the same bed so when he wakes up at 5am, I wake up.”

However their comments appear to have sparked a mammoth debate on social media, particularly after ITV’s This Morning asked the public “is sharing a bed with your children a good idea, or a bad one?”

They asked viewers: “Do you think it's up to the individual to decide where their child sleeps?

“Or can it be negative for the child in the long-run? Should there be a cut-off age for a child sleeping in bed with their parents?”

While the show’s psychologist advised against co-sleeping, however, viewers took to Twitter to slam her for her “outdated” opinions.

However, despite the backlash, the votes came in as a ’NO’ for co-sleeping.

It’s worth pointing out that the majority of health experts tend to warn mothers NOT to sleep alongside their babies, with one saying: "It’s imperative that all parents and carers know about the association between sudden infant death syndrome and falling asleep with a child under the age of one.

"This is especially important if parents drink alcohol, take drugs or expose their baby to tobacco smoke."

The ABC rules for sleeping babies are…

A. Babies need to sleep ALONE

B. Babies need to sleep on their BACK

C. Babies need to sleep in their own CRIB

Jenny Ward, head of support and development at the Lullaby Trust, which campaigns for greater awareness of SIDS, said that the new guidance was welcome.

“It’s universally agreed that the safest place [for a baby to sleep] is in a cot in your room for the first six months. Some parents will choose to bed-share beyond that,” she said to The Independent.

Do you agree - is co sleeping dangerous?

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This Morning airs weekdays at 10:30am on ITV.

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