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A post is going viral after reassuring mums there is nothing wrong with rocking your baby to sleep. Infact it has major benefits for older children.

Ashley Rose Fouts shared the post on her Facebook page, explaining it was a conversation from a parenting group.

“I’ve been rocking and cuddling my baby to sleep since the day he was born. I mentioned this to a nurse at my clinic recently. She said that she did the same thing with her son, and everyone warned her that she would still have a teenager sleeping in her bed.

“And then she told me that, a few weeks ago, her teenage son came home from school very upset. He didn’t want to talk, and just went to his room and listened to his music, typed on his phone and cried.

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“The mother gave her son space, and night time came and she went to bed. Just as she was about to turn off her side light, the door opened, and her 15 year old son padded into the room.

“He climbed into the bed with her, laid his head on her shoulder and cried. He told her all about the girl that broke his heart, all about the friends who laughed, all about the stresses of being him.

“She told him about her first broken heart, about friends who’d been cruel, and told him she understands.

“They talked in the dark for hours, until he fell asleep in her bed, still sad but relieved after their talk.

“She fell asleep in her bed, still sad for him but relieved after their talk.

“‘So you see,’ she said to me, when she finished the story, ‘I was so scared that I would wind up with a teenager who would ‘need me’ at night, that I never stopped to consider how beautiful that would really be.’ ”

The post has quickly gone viral, shared 5,300 times, ‘liked’ almost 10,000 times and received over 600 comments.

Beautifully said! Don’t stress mummy. You are doing the right thing x

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  • Wi breast fed, so my babies were cuddled to sleep. That continued fir a few years, then it switched to a bedtime story. I wouldn’t ge comfortable sharing my bed with a 15 yo, and I don’t think my kids would have considered it either

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  • I know a Mum who rocked her baby daughter to sleep at times. She is now 2 y.o. and only occasionally goes into her parents’ bed during the night. Sometimes she has got uncovered and is cold. She hasn’t quite accomplished pulling her quilt back up on herself yet.

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  • What a beautiful precious bond between mother and child. It is lovely.

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  • I still love to cuddle my 17 year as he goes to sleep in his own bed. Our children are ours for such a short time before they leave the nest. Nobody knows their child like a Mama, so do what works for you. I cherish those hugs and cuddles and moments whilst I still can.

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  • In this day it would come in handy.

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  • Never too old for a cuddle. Keep them close, and give them space when they want it.

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  • The contact between mum and her teenage son in this story is precious !

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  • Gorgeous xx

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  • I have done well meaning family tell me I will need to be firm with my first born when baby 2 comes along, but I refuse to do that. I want my children to know they can always come to me when they need me, especially when they are unsettled at night. Sleep deprivation is temporary, developing a loving trusting bond with my child is ongoing

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  • Never ever stopped our kids from coming into our bed, even at 18 they would out of the blue turn up for a chat in their”nest”. Christmas day was a definite. Glad to say the grandchildren come and do the same…wouldn’t change it for the world.

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  • How beautiful! I hope that my children one day feel comfortable enough to share their concerns with me. I rock my baby to sleep and always want her to feel safe and loved.

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