Friday, November 14, 2014

Bed Sharing with your Baby

The rise of attachment parenting is on the rise.  Celebrity endorsers of this parenting method include Mayim Bialik, Alicia Silverstone, and Kourtney Kardashian.  Mayim Bialik came under fire when she stated that she breastfeeds her 3 year old son, sleeps with her 2 sons, and has never given either of her sons any antibiotics or medicine.  Alicia Silverstone fed her son Bear Blu by chewing his food and giving it to him through her mouth when her son was still a baby.  There is a fine line between attachment parenting and being a helicopter parent. The main principles of attachment parenting include: Co-sleeping, Baby-wearing, breastfeeding, birth bonding (bonding directly after giving birth), and being there almost 100% of the time for your child. 

The main question is co-sleeping safe or is it dangerous for your child? SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  is the leading cause of death in infants from 1 month to 1 year old.   But is there a connection between co-sleeping and SIDS.  Some research says yes and some say no.  

The Huffington post reports that a new study and it's findings show an increase in SIDS with parents who co-sleep with their young children. 

"The findings, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, relied on data from 24 states collected between 2004 and 2012 by the National Center for the Review and Prevention of Child Deaths Case Reporting System. Researchers analyzed a total of 8,207 deaths.
The study defines "bed-sharing" as "the infant sleeping on the same surface with a person or animal." Roughly 70 percent of the infants were bed-sharing at the time of their death, a correlation that was especially pronounced among younger babies.
"Bed-sharing for 0-4 month old babies is extremely risky," Rachel Moon, M.D., a pediatrician and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) researcher at Children's National Health Hospital and an author on the study, wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "In this study, this sleep situation presented the most important risk for infants in this age group."
Among babies between the ages of 4 months and 1 year, however, the predominant risk factor was rolling into objects in their sleep space.
"Although we always recommend that the infant's sleep area be clear of pillows, blankets, bumper pads, etc., many parents forget the importance of this message as the baby gets older," Moon said. "However, these items are equally dangerous as the baby becomes more mobile." 
 If you want to co-sleep it is important to understand the risks and how to protect your baby from the dangers.  Investing in a bed side bassinet that sits up against a bed can give you the feeling of closeness but can also prevent you from rolling on top of your baby. If you want to co-sleep please read this article in its' entirety.  


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