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