Many people in Western societies frown upon parents who bring their children into bed with them. Concerns about rolling over on the child, becoming too attached, never leaving the parents' bed and the child overheating are some of the concerns I have heard when I tell people that we bedshare in my family. I like this book because the author outlines that there are times when it IS inappropriate and unsafe to sleep with your child in the same bed. He also makes the strong argument for why bedsharing is beneficial and ok in our society. But most importantly he stresses the importance of finding a sleeping arrangement which works for your family while at the same time using scientific evidence to support the practice of bedsharing. He is an anthropologist and therefore applies this perspective to his research and consequently his practical advice. For those parents skeptical of the practice, I encourage you to take a look, be open minded and make an informed decision. For those parents who feel guilty or bad for wanting to bedshare, take the book and find support from an academic.
People should be free to make their own decisions about how their family arranges their sleep but these decisions should be informed and based on unbiased and accessible reads like this one. Read this before your baby arrives!!