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Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby [Paperback]

Deborah Jackson
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7 July 2003
Only since Victorian times has it been standard practice for mothers and fathers to send their babies to sleep alone, away from the parental bed - often in another room. This book reveals how babies who sleep with their parents benefit by getting virtually a full night's sleep. The author explains the advantages of this radical form of baby care, including its benefits for breastfeeding mothers, reviews the history of babies in the bed and, through interviews with parents, explores attitudes to the idea. The book also contains a fresh perspective on the tragedy of cot death, as well as practical advice on how to sustain your sex life, hints on safety in the bed, answers to all the common objections and dealing with the moment when the baby leaves its parents' bed.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New ed of 2 Revised ed edition (7 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747565759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747565758
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Current Western parenting advice, says Deborah Jackson, stresses the need to minimise the "bother" that children cause; Jackson claims that this culture views the child as a potentially dominating personality that could undermine parental authority when older and emphasises that this tendency needs to be trained out of them early. The author disputes the scientific basis for such claims, and such a culture, and appeals to parents to trust their own instincts. Using extensive research she puts the case for a child-orientated approach to parenting.

This book is controversial, thought-provoking, carefully researched and passionately argued. It is extremely interesting, and, even if you don't accept all her conclusions, will definitely prompt the reader to reassess their own expectations of the parent-child relationship. --Alison Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'A practical guide on how to get some sleep when there is always a little person around during the night' -- Mother

'An impeccably researched rulebook for the thoroughly modern mother ... lively, impressive' -- Daily Mail

'Draws on startling medical and historical evidence' -- Daily Star

'Jackson provides intellectual justification for what we already instinctively felt was right' -- The Times Magazine

'Read this book before you have your baby if you can - if not, read it anyway' -- Australia's Parents

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for mums to be (or new mums) 9 April 2006
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I love this book, it really gave me the confidence to parent in my own way and to follow my instincts. From day one, my baby had decided she was not going to sleep in a cot, no way, she screamed the place down every time i tried to put her in her plastic crib in the hospital. I don't think she had absorbed a word of the Gina Ford book I read whilst pregnant and had arrived with her own ideas firmly in place.
After reading this book I just got on with co sleeping and enjoyed it. At about 8 mths she went into her cot, right next to my bed, without any upset. This is working well for us. But if she wants to she comes in with me.
All parents should read it, even if just to balance their views.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful read - and it works 26 Jan 2005
By A Customer
My baby is 5 months old. It was actually the nurse who came to visit every day after she was born who told us that it would be ok to let her sleep in bed with us. We had no preconceived plan, but had instinctively put bedsharing into practice mainly because I was to lazy to get up 10 times in the night during the first days and weeks. There is no question that this works. She sleeps very well and is a very happy and calm baby. However there is no need to follow this practice like a religion. Our baby sleeps some nights entirely in her cot in our room - other nights she sleeps with us - and she sleeps alone outside (a Nordic practice!) during the day. She gets a great deal of attention but by no means do I carry her around all the time. I find some of the ideas of the book a bit far fetched, behaviourist, and "new age" and sometimes a bit too prescriptive, despite the authors best efforts not to be. Nevertheless I think that she is basically right and if it takes this book to convince parents and give them confidence it is a good thing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saved my sleepless nights. wonderful book. 12 Aug 2012
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I only wish I read this book before my daughter was born, I struggled with the so called routine i was told to stick to by my midwife and found the putting baby down in her own bed after breastfeeding her a total nightmare,I was constantly told not to even attempt to sleep with her as I would lie on her and was given leaflets re SIDS, it was not untill i stopped listening to midwives and took my colicky, screaming baby girl into my bed did we start getting some sleep and she settled, it was like a new baby, after all, a child should be next to their mother, animals do not make their newborns sleep in baskets in the other room!!! the book was insightful although it had a lot of history in it and child rearing practises in other cultures which was very interesting, it stuck to the point and was a really good read, especially if you are breastfeeding, buy this book if you know someone who is about to have a baby and also wants to breastfeed it's a must. I have reccommended it to many of my friends . excellent book.
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Like many other new mothers, I have ended up sharing a bed with my son (now 12 weeks) out of exhaustion in the middle of the night. And, like many other mothers, I find few things more wonderful than waking up next to him. It was fantastic to find a book which told me that it was beneficial to do this; I am at a loss as to why co-sleeping is quite so frowned upon, as it is a very natural thing to do.

That said, the book does go too far in places. Ideas such as the reason why the US and Russia are the most aggressive nations on earth (it's a little out-dated) is because it is in these countries where co-sleeping rates are lowest, demonstrate that the book's agenda is clear, and not quite as scientifically based as it appears. I expect that most members of the Taliban slept in their parents' beds as that's what happens in Central Asia - and look how they turned out!

I also think that there is far more to bringing up happy, confident children than co-sleeping, whereas both the book and other reviewers seem to think that co-sleeping guarantees this. I was left to cry as a baby, as was my husband, as that was what our mothers thought was best in the mid-1970s. However, we are both happy, secure and independent people, and apart from a couple of blips as teenages, always have been. We both have wonderful parents whose love was unending and unquestioned, and who always treated us fairly and with respect.

Finally, the book doesn't really deal with day time napping. My son sleeps brilliantly in a sling (Tinokis, an Isreaeli brand - fantastic) and I love love love carrying him around. However, I can't carry him all the time, as the book advocates. It's just not practical given our current lifestyles where, rightly or wrongly, we have so much else to deal with on a daily basis.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most inspiring books 21 Jun 2012
By Lct
This book is a fantastic heart warming addition to an attachment parent's library. It not only confirmed my want to co-sleep with my son but also quietened any doubt I had. I has been warned very firmly of the dangers of co-sleeping by my midwives, who quoted SIDS as one reason. I doubted my instinct after this until I read this book. It is so informative and is wonderful to have a book just dedicated to this topic.

I cannot recommend it enough.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This book should be available to all expectant parents. In an age where medical adivice can be overwhelming, and contradictory this book gives us information about a more intuitive way to parenting.
It opens up the possibility of a more nurturing, natural way for you and your baby.
Reading this book allowed me to trust my instincts, to reaslise that humans have been having babies for their entire history and that actually, sleeping right next to mummy and daddy is the safest, most emotionally secure place for baby to be. It explains the benefits to both parents and baby; explains how natural it is to sleep next to each other and how safe it can be.
I co-slept with two out of three of my children, I can not put into words how I so wish I had read this book before I'd had my first baby. It saddens me to realise how much we both lost as a result of not having known how safe co-sleeping is.

Do yourself, your children and your heart a favour, read this book and make a more informed choice about co-sleeping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I no longer feel guilty!!
I read Deborah Jackson's Three in a Bed on loan from our local breast feeding support group, and found it really refreshingly different and fascinating. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth van Rooyen
4.0 out of 5 stars Reassurance for co-sleeping parents
Really enjoyable and very knowledgeable. This book has reassured me that co-sleeping is ok.
If you want to bring your child up in a home full of love this is the book for you.
Published 4 months ago by PollyPeach
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
This book was really refreshing with so much media advice against co sleeping. For us co sleeping means we all sleep well and I don't feel like I have to fight my daughter every... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read.
I loved reading this book. My daughter was 8 months before I really started to co sleep after she had been ill and wouldn't sleep on her own. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for first time parents!
I bought this book after seeing someone recommending it on and I must say it put my mind at rest and made my family much more confident, and hence happier. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tatiana Aksarova
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time
I first read this book when pregnant with our now grown first son, we used the same principles with our other two children and guess what, despite all the prophets of doom, all had... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. K. And Mrs Fearnley
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent persuasive argument
I was pleasantly surprised by the scientific argument presented in this book, which is full of quotations from other sources (albeit much from the 1980s). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book!
this book is very insightful and helpful in understanding the importance of cosleeping and the safety around it! Read more
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