I’m sure you have heard people talk about the “dangers” of co-sleeping, or maybe a friend gave you that look when you mentioned you and your family had decided on co-sleeping, or maybe a parent has lectured you on the dangers of sleeping with your baby (that they heard or read in the news!)…maybe all of the above. While the risk of SIDS is very real and very scary, it does not go hand-in-hand with co-sleeping or bed-sharing. If you safely co-sleep with your baby you do not increase your risk of SIDS, but you can enjoy: heightened awareness of your baby, similar protective sleeping patterns with your baby, easier breastfeeding, more sleep, a healthier baby, and much more. You can safely co-sleeping with your baby in your bed (as with bed-sharing) or right next to your bed – as with a bassinet or a bed created for co-sleeping like the Arm’s Reach beds, you just need to follow safety steps keep the lines of communication open. Co-sleeping does not have to mean bed-sharing.
A respected and knowledgeable Dr. in the field of babies and co-sleeping is Dr. Sears. He has done scientific research and studies as well as anthropological research on co-sleeping. His research shows:
Find the complete article by Dr. Sears and further research, here.
Doula Rachel has put together a blog of resources, info-graphics, and articles, with an occasional self-published blog. Enjoy!