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Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping Paperback – 1 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Platypus Media (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930775342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930775343
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 0.9 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 72 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good book if you're totally new and clueless on cosleeping 25 Jan. 2017
By David+Antoinette - Published on Amazon.com
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This book talks a lot about safety of bed sharing/cosleeping. It also has a lot of things that I already knew. I have been bed sharing for 6 months since my daughter was born and was hoping this book would have more interesting facts that I didn't know and I was really hoping for a section on how to transition a baby into their own bed. The book had a couple interesting facts but that was it. I also read the book in a very short time, it took me maybe only 30 minutes. I didn't expect this book to be so short.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 26 Dec. 2012
By Limari R. Colon Medina - Published on Amazon.com
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My baby's pediatrician recommended this book because I was having a lot of trouble breastfeeding my baby. I was tired all the time, cranky and couldn't do it. He said if I slept with my baby it would be easier. I was so scared that I would soffocate him to death, he recommended this book. It is a WELL of information and completely SHATTERED my beliefs. Thanks to this book and my doctor's advice, I have been breastfeeding my baby for over a year now, and sleep like a baby myself! The bond we have established (my husband, son and I) is stronger than I could ever hope for. Every mom should read this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 18 Dec. 2015
By Honey Rowold - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really opened my eyes to the benefits and normality of co sleeping. The only thing that I wished he emphasized, however, is the safety concern of bedsharing when the infant is being bottle fed. I'm not against it personally but if you see some of his interview videos (specifically the Fox news channel 6 report about bedsharing deaths in Milwaukee, WI) he states that he does not recommend bedsharing for infants not breastfeeding.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time we get cosleeping out of the shadows so families all over the Western world can sleep better and safer! 20 Feb. 2014
By WhatTHEWHAT - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the essential guide to co-sleeping and bedsharing! James McKenna reinforces what many moms have known for generations, but were never allowed to talk about: bringing your baby into bed. Rather that casting a scornful eye, Dr. McKenna praises what he considers good instincts, and clearly and gently reinforces what is safe and not safe. I will always evangelize this book. It's a must read for any cosleeping family!
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very smart, evidence based and informative 3 Feb. 2016
By Angela Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very smart, evidence based and informative. If you intuitively feel "the cry it out method" goes against your natural disposition on your child rearing, which is the case for my husband and I, this book will be very supportive and encouraging if you choose to have a family shared bed. It's an important tool that can assist you in your decision to safely room-in or bed-share with your child.
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