Sleep safely – Baby Care – safety of babies sleeping in adult beds

Sleep safely – Baby Care – safety of babies sleeping in adult beds – Brief Article

Mary Jane Horton

For parents who wish to sleep with their babies in bed with them, a new statistic may cause unnecessary concern. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported in May that between 1999 and 2001, at least 180 babies younger than 2 died after being placed in adult beds to steep. But the circumstances surrounding these cases merit a closer Look before parents decide against co-sleeping altogether.

“The statistics cited by the CPSC … also involve infants co-sleeping on couches and sofas, infants left alone in adult beds, babies overlaid [crushed] by drunk or drug-using parents or overlaid by other children,” says James Mckenna, Ph.D., director of the Mother/Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

Some sleep experts assert that when done safely, co-sleeping, which can include placing a baby in a bed attached to the adult bed or in a bassinet nearby, fosters a healthy sense of intimacy. McKenna and other sleep experts also note that co-steeping can lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

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