Some people are absolutely appalled when they come to find that I co-sleep with my baby. A few look like they might blow a gasket.
Co-sleeping with your baby? Are you crazy?
If you’re reading this in America the word ‘questionable’ makes total sense since the subject of sleep sharing or co-sleeping with your baby is controversial to say the least and is always up for debate by both parents and experts.
If you’re reading this from, just about, anywhere else in the world, you are wondering why I wasted my time writing this, right?
Co-sleeping is My Choice
So many people want to parent your kids. While many already do and that part is inevitable, a lot of advice that comes flying our way is often overbearing and unsolicited.
Whether doing so for myself or my baby, my choices are always made with the same way – a careful gathering of reading materials far and wide of reliable sources with scientific backing, studies and reviews when applicable. Then, I draw my conclusions accordingly and apply to my own life as fits.
I made the choice to co-sleep with my little one when she made it quite apparent that she is a colicky one one and with a vicious acid reflux to boot. With that came hourly feedings day and night. She ate a bit at a time and needed boob on standby at all times. It was a short few weeks (if that) when I realized that the crib, that we bought first and foremost, will never be used.
What I came across in my research was astonishing and made my decision to co-sleep or bed share with my little gal was an easy one…
Why I Chose to Co-Sleep
Reasons It’s Right For Us
Research, benefits, and recommendations by Neuroanthropology.net
Read the full article: Co-sleeping and Biological Imperatives: Why Human Babies Do Not and Should Not Sleep Alone by Neuroanthropology.net written by two incredible anthropologists Daniel Lende andGreg Downey. Note, this is their old (but active) site.
In Culture Parent on co-sleeping around the world:
Read the full article The West’s Strange Relationship to Babies and Sleep
Web Rich Info
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Professor James J. McKenna
Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping, in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In recognition of his work in 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow into the select body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s most prestigious scientific society. His full list of articles and essays are available for download for free. They are very informative for mothers seeking information on sleeping with your babies.
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