Co-Sleeping

I found a great website that talks about cosleeping that you all can look at when you have time.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sleep/cosleeping.html

I am against cosleeping. There are many many ways that you can help your baby develop without this. I don’t think it is worth the risk. Even the best of us don’t know what we’re going to do in the middle of REM sleep. According to the CPSC, “at least 515 deaths were linked to infants and toddlers under 2 years of age sleeping in adult beds from January 1990 to December 1997.” 121 of the deaths were attributed to a parent, caregiver, or sibling rolling on top of or against a baby while sleeping. More than 75% of the deaths involved infants younger than 3 months old!
According to this article, supporters of cosleeping say that it encourages breastfeeding by making nighttime breastfeeding more convenient (Encourages?). It makes it easier for a nursing mother to get her sleep cycle in sync with her baby’s (That’s not important).
helps babies fall asleep more easily, especially during their first few months and when they wake up in the middle of the night
helps babies get more nighttime sleep (because they awaken more frequently with shorter duration of feeds, which can add up to a greater amount of sleep throughout the night) (still not necessary).
helps parents who are separated from their babies during the day regain the closeness with their infant that they feel they missed.
According to this article, most of these infant deaths weren’t due to alcohol or drugs! That means that it is the everyday you and me causing these tragedies! To me it isn’t worth it. If you feel differently or have any other information to give, please respond!

This is a website that supports the benefits of cosleeping. According to them if you “follow the rules and precautions” you and your child will benefit greatfully from cosleeping.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2137043/tips_for_safe_cosleeping_with_your.html

(Jeff Scott)

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~ by Jeffery Scott on September 19, 2009.

4 Responses to “Co-Sleeping”

  1. Did you check out any websites in support of co-sleeping or just heard what the opposition said the proco-sleeping people said?
    Emily Blackburn

  2. I do agree with most of your reasoning. I also understand the importance of sleep to a child/infant’s development, so I’m not sure that you should say that getting more sleep is not important. Perhaps you justify this by thinking the baby will get more sleep during the day? Also, I’m very surprised that you didn’t mention SIDS. The book says that because babies wake more often while sleeping with someone else, it may safeguard against SIDS. And you can’t quote me on this, but I remember reading that co-sleeping reduced the cases of SIDS. I’m not sure if it saved more than 500 babies, but it would be an interesting thing too look up! Having said all that, I have always thought that the practice seemed very risky.

    Andrea Hoffman

  3. I do want to thank you for inspiring me to finally write up the big cosleeping blog I have been meaning to for so long. If you care to read the whole thing, including the extensive amount of research that I included supporting my views, please visit my blog. I fully welcome any discussion you’d like to have on it.

    In the meantime, I’d just like to say that I found several faults with your argument (besides the obvious fact that I couldn’t disagree with you more). The statements that more sleep, breastfeeding, and an increased mother-baby bond are unimportant shows at best a lack of knowledge on the topic and at worst a complete disregard for the well-being of mother and baby. In a baby’s world, those things are *everything.* More breastfeeding means more nutrition, more antibodies, more sensory stimulation (linked to a lower risk of SIDS), more attachment, more suckling (again, lower risk of SIDS–why do you think the AAP recommends pacifiers at night for crib sleeping infants?), and less frustration on the part of the mom around breastfeeding, which means the chances are higher that she will breastfeed longer, and the benefits of that are really too many to list in such a short post (but I plan on writing a blog about that too :).

    Besides that, your basic assumption (based on faulty information and not enough resources) is that it’s just too unsafe. According to your statistic, 500 deaths in seven years occurred while bedsharing. How many occur EACH year while an infant is sleeping in their crib, whether due to SIDS or an accident? (The recent statistics I can find are 2600 for SIDS alone, while more recent reports (1999-2001) of infants that died while bedsharing are only 180. Yep. 1.5% of total SIDS deaths occurred while sharing a bed.) Yet you’re saying that it’s STILL safer to put the baby asleep alone in their crib rather than bedshare? Seems like faulty logic to me.

    Andrea touched on something that’s important… there are several factors related to bedsharing/cosleeping that actually reduce the risk of SIDS, such as the nightfeeding that I mentioned before. Also mentioned is increased sensory input, which some believe may be linked to SIDS. Another article (as in, one published in a medical journal, not a random website) I read talked about how mothers usually sleep face to face with their infants, which prompts them to breathe. Also, sleeping in the same room with a primary caretaker (which is a form of cosleeping) reduces the risk of SIDS by as much as 50% (which is why the AAP recommends having your infant sleep in the same room for the first few months).

    We know not to place stuffed animals or extra blankets in cribs, we check to make sure there’s no gaps that can prove dangerous. We know to place infants on their backs to sleep. Why can’t we apply similar safety guidelines to cosleeping? The problem isn’t cosleeping, the problem is poorly educated parents.

    One more thing: check out John McKenna’s site, which is based on research that he has done on mother/baby sleep. It’s a wealth of information, and it talks a lot about mothers being aware of their infant even while sleeping (and is part of the reason that sleep/wake synchronization is important) and cosleeping in general. There’s a link for it on my blog, and several other really good ones as well.

    I hope I didn’t come off sounding preachy. I appreciate the chance to discuss differing attitudes… I just felt the need to respond with my own point of view. Thank you!

  4. Wow…what a load of crap.

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