It's risky, but parents still sleep with infants

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  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Puppies curl up with their mothers, kittens curl up with their mother, hamsters curl up with their mothers, in fact I can't think of a mammal that doesn't curl up with their mother... except maybe dumb humans that would believe a government study trying to break the parent child bond.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    bagdergirl, I'm sorry for the loss of your grandson.

  • byrne Manassas, VA
    Oct. 1, 2013 2:32 p.m.

    Not long after the birth of our first child is when the initial study was released condemning co-sleeping. Concerned by the news accounts, we looked to the primary document and were surprised to find in the data something quite different than a condemnation of mere co-sleeping.

    According to the data, heavy drinking, heavy smoking, exhaustion, or heavy drug use don't mix well at all with co-sleeping in the first few months; they amount to high risk activities alone or mixed with co-sleeping and I'm sure other activities as well. But for parents who don't basically drink themselves to sleep, the increased risk was insignificant - especially when one considers the benefits.

    On only a few occasions so far, having co-slept now with four, soon to be five, have I found it necessary, after working over 30 hours straight, to sleep on the couch out of concern for the increased potential risk of injury to our child due to exhaustion. Having read that earlier study and the underlying data probably made me more attentive to that risk.

    I would certainly be interested to see any new data on the subject.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    I recall seeing in the "Nanny 911" series strong indications that it is the mothers who want to sleep with their babies rather than parents of both genders. What seemed to accompany that syndrome was that those mothers also had a problem, after accustoming their babies to sleep with Mommy, they had one heck of a job getting them (the children) to move into their own beds, even at the age of four and five at times. Some of them were still using pacifiers too.

    In that show the mothers were as likely to be white, as black or Hispanic, but maybe these shows were from before the named watershed year of 2000. Your pictured mother is white though, which is, according to the article, less typical. I noticed she also is fully made up with her hair neatly combed, also very untypical I should think. That probably had more to do with the vanity of the poser however.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 1, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    Can't trust government sponsored studies.

  • badgergirl Up North, WI
    Oct. 1, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    Babies need to sleep in their own safety-tested cribs. SIDS aside-the danger of asphyxiation, suffocation, and just plain rolling off of the bed are good enough reasons to make sure the little ones are safely in their own cribs. We lost our own 7-month old grandson that way.Parents, don't be foolish.