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Top 10 Places Family Bed Parents Make Love
Love in the Laundry Room (Keeping the Sizzle in Your Sex Life)
by Jay Gordon, MD and Maria Goodavage
Location, Location, Location

Because people are so entrenched in the idea that the bed is the place to make love (witness phrases like "She slept with him," or "He took her to bed"), figuring out alternative locations doesn't necessarily come easily. Parents new to the family bed can be stymied, especially if their lovemaking before the baby didn't include a variety of locations.

Here's something that should make it a little easier. Most family bed parents follow this simple tenet when it comes to location selection: Make love anywhere the baby is not.

As one dad put it, "Anywhere but a cold floor will do, although we may have even done that before." Not specific enough? Should you need a little help to get your imagination moving in the right direction, check out our list of the Top 10 Places Family Bed Parents Make Love.

Top 10 Places Family Bed Parents Make Love
based on the 250 family bed parents who took part in our research

  1. Living room couch
  2. Living room floor
  3. Shower
  4. Guest Room (in the bed)
  5. Back or front yard
  6. Car, while on a date (The number of family bed parents who go "parking" is remarkable.)
  7. Kitchen counter/table
  8. Baby's empty nursery/child's empty bedroom
  9. Bathroom floor or counter
  10. The great outdoors (Camping seems to be a popular pastime among co-sleepers.)

Of course, the locales don't stop there. Some other favorite spots mentioned by parents: In the pool, on a pool table, in the pay pen, in a lake, on a porch, on the floor of a walk-in closet, in a hammock, at the office, in the bathroom of a restaurant, on a trampoline, in the hot tub, on the clothes dryer, on the clothes washer, in a pay-by-the-hour motel, in the basement, and of course, that old standby, on the dining room table.

Excerpted with permission from Good Nights: The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (And a Peaceful Night's Sleep!) written by Jay Gordon, MD, and Maria Goodavage. Visit their website at http://www.familybed.com/

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