I received a well-minded newsletter from my local hospital and this headline caught my eye:
…“Consider sleeping arrangements. The risk of suffocation or strangulation increases for babies who sleep with adults.”
Well, this sentence has been shopped off, the complete result from the study is:
The risk of suffocation or strangulation increases for babies who sleep with adults who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs (prescription or illegal) or are considerably overweight.
SIDS (Sudden infant Death Syndrome) is more common by large on babies who were sleeping on a crib, it is even called crib syndrome among some circles!
It seems like because the association of pediatrics cannot say “Please don’t sleep with your baby if you are overweight or under the influence” they advertise the more generic version.
I slept with my baby until he was 3 ½ months old with no problems
Also he had no issue transferring to the crib at that age. (I am the one who misses him; he seems to prefer his privacy…)
Make whatever arrangement work for you and your family, but please get both sides of every story.
Co-sleeping (sleeping with the baby on the family bed) has several benefits for both baby and mom, specially the first few weeks. Look it up!