That's find for you but you've obviously never had a baby that from birth wants to feed around the clock, cries the moment she is not being held or receiving some skin to skin contact and doesn't sleep unless she's being fed or held.
I, and plenty of my co-sleeping peers, are very responsible parents.
I have 3 independent sleepers and great sleepers actually. Once we transferred them from co sleeping into their rooms they have never been back in our bed so what exactly is the habit that is formed with co sleeping? Considering you have never done so you seem to be an expert on it.
I do know many mums co sleep because of needy babies but I co sleep because I am a needy mum and I do what's best for me and my babies. I honestly do not believe co sleeping increases risk of SIDS I believe it increases risk of suffocation. We co sleep safely and have so with 3 kids and never had a scare with blankets or possible suffocation.
Me -30, DH -30, DS -7, DS -5, DS -2 and UTD with #4 Due Jan 2014
I won't say articles such as this are purely scaremongering, but I really wonder if the majority of people understand that a 'fivefold increase' is still a very small risk. Between 1997 and 2007, there was an average of 0.4 SIDS deaths per 1000 live births. That increases the risk, then, to 2 in 1000. Tiny risk. To put it in perspective, 1 in every 130 women in Australia/NZ who reach 20 weeks gestation will have a stillborn baby. I would love to see research/education go towards this cause.
I was soooo worried about SIDS. Terrified, even. I really regret how much sleep I lost and stress I went through in the first 12 weeks of my son's life every time I co-slept out of desperation and exhaustion. I don't believe I was irresponsible and I did everything I could to sleep safely, but if your child won't sleep unless he is near you then your options are limited.
I read this yesterday and thought it raises a lot of good points. The most important down the bottom about not factoring in planned vs unplanned cosleeping. The difference between a parent deciding to cosleep and preparing the sleep space to be appropriate for a newborn as opposed to passing out from exhaustion on the couch.
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