Co-sleeping is back in the news.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Co-sleeping is back in the news.
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Thu, 11-10-2011 - 9:10pm
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 3:03am
The problem with the incident mentioned in the article is that it was reported as "co-sleeping accident" even though it does not appear that their is any proof that co-sleeping in and of itself was the cause. I've noticed that in many of these so-called "co-sleeping accidents", they seem to assume that it was co-sleeping in and of itself that was the problem then jump to warn parents about the dangers of co-sleeping under the unproven belief that there is no safe way to co-sleep. It seems that one of the problems is that when the autopsies are done on babies who die while bed sharing, they don't properly differentiate from death due to SIDS vs rollover/suffocation. They also don't separate cases where the mother followed the safe co-sleeping guidelines vs those who violate them being drunk or taking sedative drugs when co-sleeping or by not maintaining proper bedding/bed arrangement. In many cases there seems to also be a correlation between formula feeding and the co-sleeping death as in most of these cases the baby was formula-fed, which is known to increase the risk of SIDS. To really understand what the true risk of co-sleeping, we would have to compare the deaths during of co-sleeping only in cases where all the co-sleeping safety guidelines were followed vs SIDS death where all SIDS prevention guidelines were followed. If they can show that the risk of death of a baby co-sleeping is greater then that of SIDS under even ideal conditions then they would have a point. We must remember that even under ideal conditions babies in cribs still have a small risk of SIDS. Thus it's wrong to say that any risk of SIDS or rollover/suffocation from co-sleeping is one too many if it's equal too or lower then of SIDS among crib babies. There is also another major problem with these co-sleeping critics argument. There who argument seems to be based on the false assumption that co-sleeping is some new practices and that babies always sleep in cribs before mothers starting adopting this practice which simply isn't true. The fact is the in most countries in Asia and Africa, co-sleeping is still the default. In Japan, for example, co-sleeping is the default but the rate of SIDS and rollover/suffocation deaths is not any higher then in the U.S. which should't be the case if co-sleeping is as risky as it's critics claim. Until they can explain why the supposed risks of co-sleeping don't seem to be showing up in countries where it's the norm then I am not inclined to buy there claim that co-sleeping is inherently dangerous. It may be that there is something unique about the sleeping environment in Japan that explains why it does not appear to lead to higher SIDS or rollover deaths, in which case it would be better if the researcher focused on discovering what this is so we can improve recommendations for safe co-sleeping. Some parents are going to co-sleep no matter what so I think it's better to work to try and make it safer then try and stop it outright.

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Registered: 11-25-2004
Mon, 11-14-2011 - 2:17pm
Exactly. The knee-jerk reaction is to blame it on co-sleeping. Did the baby die of SIDS or suffocation? If it was SIDS being in a crib would have changed nothing. If it was suffocation, how was the bed set up? Is mom an abnormally heavy sleeper. Was she drinking? On a medication?
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Wed, 11-16-2011 - 8:18am

This is an ad in Milwaukee.

http://news.yahoo.com/milwaukee-runs-provocative-ads-wake-parents-dangers-co-213117311.html

I love the way they can tell one biased side of the story.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 11-22-2011 - 10:24pm
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Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 11-24-2011 - 2:32pm

I've been doing some research.

Gail