Much is written and rewritten about co-sleeping, that is parents and their baby sharing a bed or sleeping together in some other way. It seems to be one of the great debates of our world, just like nappies. Cloth v’s Disposable. Together v’s separate. However, unfortunately the co-sleeping debate has a much more serious consequence.
I have never quite understood how parents can take the risk associated with co-sleeping. I certainly do understand how mum’s can become tired, exhausted, sleep deprived and accidently fall asleep while feeding their newborn. To purposely decide to co-sleep or to get into the habit of co-sleeping really should be a no-go zone.
It is well known, documented and even researched with a controlled study in England how co-sleeping, or sharing a bed with your baby can to lead to the worst outcome, that your baby suffocates and dies. The statistics are alarming, if you do a bit of research, basically 1 in 2 babies who die were co-sleeping with a parent. If you like percentages it’s about 54%. In Victoria for example 33 of the 72 unexplained child deaths in the last 3 years were sleeping with an adult.
What a huge risk we parents are taking with our childs’ life. No parent purposely goes about to smother their child, it is an accident and accidents happen, it is I believe logically a combination of fatigue, exhaustion, pillows, donors and soft beds that contribute to such a death. Seen more recently and spoken about is the baby slings as your baby’s face is covered and or airway squashed, this is not the best way of holding your baby.
I often find myself recalling the words of a parent who I saw several years ago who was a forensic pathologist with the police force and had the job of being called out to the deaths of babies and children. In his estimate it was more like 80% of deaths were in a situation of co-sleeping and the baby being smothered.
Whatever the benefits of co-sleeping, they are surely not worth such a risk to your baby. We do not live in a society where co-sleeping is a necessity due to space, warmth or your baby will die, we do not sleep on mats on the floor in our culture today. If you are currently co-sleeping make it a no-go zone now! If you are co-sleeping just to get. some. sleep. then you need to solve the problem for all your peace of mind. Babysmiles can help you to solve any existing sleep problem.