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5.0 out of 5 stars Evidence based, intelligent, thoughtful, useful book
This is a much needed work. James McKenna is one of the foremost researchers in the field of safe sleep for babies, so a book from him to guide parents is very welcome.

The book is divided into two parts - a discussion of the evidence, which is great for those parents who understand that nothing in baby rearing is black and white and who have the confidence to...
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by dirtmother

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little evidence, a little practical advice
I was disappointed with the book as wanted to know how safe it is to co-sleep - what causes accidents and how common they really are. I didn't get this from the book.

It does have some practical advice but all of it was fairly obvious. It does support people's decision to co-sleep, but I was looking for more peace of mind and some evidence which would allow me...
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by K


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evidence based, intelligent, thoughtful, useful book, 11 Dec 2008
This review is from: Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping (Paperback)
This is a much needed work. James McKenna is one of the foremost researchers in the field of safe sleep for babies, so a book from him to guide parents is very welcome.

The book is divided into two parts - a discussion of the evidence, which is great for those parents who understand that nothing in baby rearing is black and white and who have the confidence to make their own decisions. The second part is for those parents who are feeling understandably anxious and may be at that stage in parenting where they just want someone to tell them what to do. A whole variety of situations which are not generally addressed are covered with a list of Do's and Don'ts.

It is not the polemic that some other books are - I shared my bed with my babies and feel it was right for me and many others but find several of them dislikeable.

Finally, it is a slim volume which makes it very accessible to the very people who need it most!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very little evidence, a little practical advice, 10 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping (Paperback)
I was disappointed with the book as wanted to know how safe it is to co-sleep - what causes accidents and how common they really are. I didn't get this from the book.

It does have some practical advice but all of it was fairly obvious. It does support people's decision to co-sleep, but I was looking for more peace of mind and some evidence which would allow me to safely and contently co-sleep which might overcome all of the advice I get from people saying don't do it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read this if you are considering bedsharing, 5 Dec 2013
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Read this book if you are considering bedsharing or cosleeping (sleeping in the same room) with your baby. It is also good to give to your partner and discuss together. The book is quite short and the main message is: cosleeping is good for babies and here is how to do it should you choose to.
It is very refreshing read in an environment where everyone says "Never cosleep. Period" while human species did this for centuries and in many cultures still do. This book is more relevant for breastfeeding mothers rather than bottle feeding (the author gives advice to bottle feeding couples too, but i found that a lot of his writing can be guilt inducing for bottle feeding mums).
I gave the book four stars because It focuses predominantly on babies needs and while parents' needs are mentioned (mothers report better sleep when cosleeping, reduced risk of breast cancer when breastfeeding, etc) i would like to see more evidence (or at least testimonials) on how cosleeping impacts parents.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great guide for informed decisions, 26 July 2009
This review is from: Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping (Paperback)
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!!
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