Milla Jovovich is a staunch advocate of co-sleeping with her children.
“I feel that the connection with children and mothers is so strong in places where there are not so many ‘things’ to get in the way,” Jovovich, 39, said in an interview with Romy & the Bunnies.
“No electronic distraction devices, no high-tech baby equipment, just a mother carrying her little one everywhere, sharing a family bed and having the help of all the other women around to raise the baby.”
The “Resident Evil” star confesses that she has always thought “the Western way of raising kids was so disconnected,” particularly when it comes to sleeping arrangements.
“Everyone has their cubicle at home, babies go into nurseries, little kids have their own rooms,” she explains. “You are so separated from one another!”
Jovovich who has two daughters – 7-year-old Ever Gabo and newborn Dashiel Edan – with husband Paul W.S. Anderson, says that they all sleep together.
“I feel that it’s helped us so much to stay connected as a family,” Jovovich says. “Because we share sleep at night, our daughter naturally feels very connected to us and that, in turn, makes her want to please us!”
She continues, “[Ever] trusts us and listens to what we say. There is an innate sense of respect between us all that I feel can be lacking with some of the other parents and children I see in our society.”
Jovovich is also not a proponent of the cry-it-out method for newborn babies.
“[Ever] was never a ‘good’ sleeper, so every two or three hours I was waking up to feed her and calm her. I never wanted to let her signals go unanswered and letting her cry it out was not the way I wanted to raise my child,” she says.
“Not that I judge other methods of mothering, I just knew that it wouldn’t make me happy to allow her to be separated from us at night and cry for hours on end. And I always say, whatever you need to do to be a happy mother is the best for baby.”