Co-sleeping Articles

Breastfeeding & Bedsharing: Still Useful (And Important) After All These Years

Mothers and infants sleeping side by side, also known as co-sleeping, is the evolved context of human infant sleep development. Until very recent times, for all human beings, co-sleeping constituted a prerequisite for infant survival. For the...

Crying for Comfort: Distressed Babies Need to be Held

The term “cry it out” refers to the practice of leaving babies in their cribs without picking them up, and letting them cry themselves to sleep. A modified version of this approach is to go to the baby every few minutes to pat her on the back or...

Facts About Co-Sleeping and SIDS

In our Western societies, more and more parents are choosing to return to the natural practice of co-sleeping. Simply defined, this practice is consciously choosing to sleep with your infant to provide him or her with the essential...

Guidelines: Shared Sleep and Safe Sleeping

It is important to be responsive to a baby’s nighttime needs. Attachment Parenting International (API) advocates keeping baby in close proximity in a safe sleeping environment. In many cultures, it is considered normal and expected for parents to...

Also labeled: Issue #09, Pathways Magazine

Infant Sleep and Industry Dollars

The crib industry has gotten in bed with the CPSC to announce dramatically that 60 babies per year die from accidents in adult beds. They plan a large campaign to educate doctors and retailers about the supposed danger. One detail they seem to...

Introducing Solids to Help a Baby Sleep

I have a patient who is breast feeding her 3 month old baby. The baby is quite long for his age and doesn’t sleep through the night because he allegedly gets quite hungry. The nurse recommended supplementing the breast milk with Pablum to fill h...

Moms and Babies Belong Together

Our scientific studies of mother and infants sleeping together have shown how tightly bound together the physiological and social aspects of the mother-infant relationship really are. Other studies have shown that separation of the mother and...

Security in Infancy Reduces Stress in Adulthood

A child who is cared for during the night as well as the day receives constant reassurance of love and support, instead of having to cope with feelings of fear, anger, and abandonment night after night. Children who have felt safe through the night...

Also labeled: Issue #03, Author Jan Hunt

Sleeping Through the Night

This essay was originally directed to one person. It has been edited slightly to make it less specific. Someone from parent-l passed along a post about children sleeping through the night on to me and asked me to respond. I was one...

Swaddling Helps Babies Sleep

A new study shows the time-honored tradition of swaddling might help babies sleep. “In many parts of the world, infants are swaddled to sleep, with their bodies tightly wrapped in tissue cloths, sheets, or light blankets,” Patricia Franco, MD,...

Also labeled: Issue #06, Pathways Magazine

The Family Bed Defended

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is launching a mass-media national campaign aimed at reducing deaths associated with placing babies in adult beds.” –The Compleat Mothe...

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact

There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later. The baby is happier; the baby’s temperature, heart, a...

Tips For Safely Sharing Your Bedroom With Baby

Of the many philosophical debates in the world of infant care, few are as combustible as whether or not parents should share a bed ( bed sharing ) with their babies. Critics warn of dire consequences, from an increased risk of SIDS to...

Also labeled: Issue #12, Pathways Magazine

When Baby Prefers Tummy Sleeping

What is your recommendation about infant sleep position? We have a two month old (our third) who is having a really hard time staying asleep on her back. She seems to be happier on her tummy and seems to have no trouble lifting and turning her...

Why We Never Ask: “Is It Safe for Infants to Sleep Alone?”

Historical Origins of Scientific Bias in the Bed-sharing SIDS “Debate” “ Bad science sets out to make a point, looks neither to the left nor to the right but only straight ahead for evidence that supports the point it sets out to...