Tyra Banks defends co-sleeping with son: 'Everybody’s like don’t do that!’

Tyra Banksknows co-sleeping is a hot button topic in the parenting world. But the 44-year-old mom of son York, 2, doesn’t care what other people think.

“Everybody’s like, ‘Don’t do that!’” Banks told Us Weekly at the America’s Next Top Model mobile game launch in Hollywood earlier this month. But to the Perfect Is Boring author, sharing a bed with her toddler just feels natural. 

“I started thinking about the wild. Does a black bird say, ‘Go over there, three trees over and go to sleep.’ Or does the big mama pig say, ‘Go there to that mess and go to sleep,’” said Banks. “No. They sleep with their mama. So we sleep together.”

The busy America’s Next Top Model host cherishes their nightly ritual. “I get home and get into bed,” she explained to Us. “He gets his sippy cup and his little security blanket and it’s just our time.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Model / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends the release of the 'America's Next Top Model' mobile game at Avalon on May 3, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Model Tyra Banks is seen leaving The View on April 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Model Tyra Banks attends the discussion for her new book 'Perfect Is Boring' at 92nd Street Y on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Tyra Banks seen on the streets of Manhattan on April 03, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyra Banks
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03: Tyra Banks visits Build Studio to discuss the new book 'Perfect Is Boring: 10 Things My Crazy, Fierce Mama Taught Me About Beauty, Booty, and Being a Boss' on April 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 12: Tyra Banks arrives at 'America's Got Talent' season 13 event held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Model/TV personality Tyra Banks attends the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Launch Celebration at Magic Hour at Moxy Times Square on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Tyra Banks attends the screening of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' hosted by The Cinema Society on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Tyra Banks attends the screening of Marvel Studios' 'Black Panther' hosted by The Cinema Society on February 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Tyra Banks visits MTV TRL on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by MTV/TRL/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Model and TV personality Tyra Banks visits Build Studio to discuss the show 'America's Next Top Model' at Build Studio on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: Tyra Banks is seen in NoHo on January 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Tyra Banks on Monday Jan. 8, 2018 -- (Photo by: Zach Pagano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured: Tyra Banks -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Model Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale at the Dolby Theatre on September 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Live Finale Results' Episode 1224 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mel B, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale Week at Dolby Theatre on September 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Fashion Model / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 live show at Dolby Theatre on September 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Fashion Designer / TV Personality Tyra Banks attends the NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 live show at Dolby Theatre on September 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 29: Tyra Banks arrives at the NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 29, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Live Results 2' -- Pictured: (l-r) Tyra Banks, Evie Clair -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Tyra Banks arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 22, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: Model Tyra Banks performs onstage during the GIRL CULT Festival at The Fonda Theatre on August 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Tyra Banks arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 03: Tyra Banks attends the 2017 Summer TCA Tour 'NBCUniversal Press Tour' on August 03, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Tyra Banks, Billy Deck and Keir Simmons on Friday, July 28, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 559 -- Pictured: Tyra Banks arrives on July 27, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 27: Model Tyra Banks arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Judge Cut Rounds at the NBC Universal Lot on April 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: TV personality/model Tyra Banks attends Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 27: Tyra Banks attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Banks and her then-boyfriend, Erik Asla, welcomed York via surrogate in January 2016. She and the Norwegian photographer parted ways in October after five years together, but remain on good terms.

Ever since York came on the scene, Banks has a greater appreciation for her own mom, Carolyn London. “He has taught me to live in fear!” cracked the former model. “I didn’t understand why my mother would get so mad when I was late for curfew. I was like, ‘I”m just chilling with friends! I’m two hours late, whatever.’ She’s thinking, ‘Is she dead? on a railroad track? Car accident?’ Whatever. I get it now.”

Though York has a few years until he starts dating, Banks joked that his love interests will put on a show for her in hopes of launching a modeling career. “They’re gonna be posing for me as I pour some orange juice,” she cracked. “They’re gonna be posing and runway walking to the couch. They think they’re gonna be discovered. I’ll be like, ‘This one is trying to be a modeling trying to use you, honey!’”

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