There's a lot of controversy over co-sleeping. Is it safe; is it dangerous? I co-slept with my son and he's...
There's a lot of controversy over co-sleeping. Is it safe; is it dangerous? I co-slept with my son and he's just fine. He's probably much better actually for having co-slept. Most of my friend's co-sleep and their babies are just fine as well.
- According to statistics at least 50% of American adults admit to co-sleeping with their baby at one point or another (but there's likely more).
- Research by Dr. James J. McKenna at the University of Notre Dame reports that the vast majority of scientific research on co-sleeping actually points to co-sleeping as being safer than not co-sleeping and that it can possibly reduce risks of SIDS and other baby sleep-related issues.
- In almost all cultures around the world babies sleep with their parents; usually their mamas. It's only in North America and a few European countries where babies sleeping alone is now the norm. The United States also has the highest rates of SIDS deaths -- is there a connection?
- In the amazing book, Our Babies Ourselves by Meredith F. Small there are many studies discussed regarding the positives of co-sleeping. The book points out that in studies that measure a baby's heart rate, muscle movements, breathing, and brain wave activity against a mamas that the two will match up almost perfectly in co-sleepers while babies that sleep alone tend to fuss more and breathe more sporadically.