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Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby Paperback – 7 Jul 2003

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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 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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'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

About the Author

Deborah Jackson is a freelance writer who has contributed to many newspapers, including the Independent, the Daily Mail, and the Guardian. She writes a regular column for Natural Parent. She is also the author of LETTING GO AS CHILDREN GROW (A 21st century edition of DO NOT DISTURB). Deborah lives in Bath with her husband, Paul, and their three children, Frances, Alice and Joseph.


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A brilliant read if you, like me, feel that the popular trend to let your little one cry their hearts out ( and mummy too!) in order to get a decent nights sleep can't be the only way!

I have battled for over a year to help my now 16 month old sleep for more than 2 hours in his own bed. Trying various methods by well known baby guru nanny types, even though my instincts told me otherwise. He resisted everything with full force and I was left frustrated, exhausted and feeling like a failure. More often than not I would 'give up' and break the taboo and (whispers) 'let him sleep in our bed... Shhhh' . Funnily enough the second he is next to me, he sleeps through the night, deeply and peacefully. Almost like he was meant to?!

So this book kind of told me what I deep down already knew: Babies were designed to sleep near their mothers. Phew!!!!

The author backs up her arguments with many many quotes and studies. Not so bad a year down the line but may be hard to concentrate if you are sleep deprived!! I recommend Elizabeth Pantley's 'No cry sleep solution' if you need something a bit less meaty but practical.

I really liked the way she quoted various celebs and other parents about their co sleeping practices. I felt less alone in my choice. As so few parents in my acquaintance practice it (or are willing to admit they do!) or are dead against it.

What I also love and found so refreshing was the analysis of our western baby rearing practices. With comparisons to many other cultures, the reader slowly sees how we have been brainwashed into believing that our way is the only way to bring up baby.
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Great book to read before or after birth, easy to read during the night feeds!
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My daughter has been a Velcro baby since we arrived home from hospital, refusing to sleep in her crib. So, against what I was led to believe was better judgement, at 8 days old commenced co-sleeping.

To support my decision and unable to obtain that officially from midwife or health visitor (although unofficially acceptable) I researched co-sleeping and have read the Dr Sears and Elizabeth Pantley books. BUT what these books lack is the assurance from research that supports what I deem 'intuitive parenting' which Deborah's book has throughout.

Deborah Jackson's take on baby-focused parenting feels right. It is ultimately comforting to read that it is fine to have my baby fall asleep by breast feeding without being told that this is a bad habit I should take steps to break. She also confirms that babies do not naturally desire to sleep alone for survival reasons.

My baby is four months old and sleeps contentedly, safe and sound by my side every night. She feeds 2-3 times each night but neither of us barely wake to do so. She is happy and thriving, excelling in motor and vocal skills. She rarely cries as her needs are met continuously. This is unobtrusive babycare because it is 100% natural and, thanks to Deborah Jackson, her well researched and ground-breaking book confirms this for me.

If you have ANY doubt about raising your baby in a compassionate and intuitive way, please read this book to settle your mind. I wish I had read it first!
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I previously co-slept with my, now, 11 year old son on the advice of the midwife in the maternity unit where I gave birth. I would start him off at night in his own cot and then when he needed his night time feed would get him into bed and spend the rest of the night sleeping next to him. It worked brilliantly. That was 11 years ago and finding myself pregnant again (planned but a long time coming!) I thought I would co-sleep again with my baby. But with so much press about SIDS and the warnings not to do this I found myself feeling less than confident about what I should do. Then I found this book and was interested to hear someone else's theory on the subject. I'm so glad I bought it. Deborah Jackson gives an unbiased and thoroughly well-researched opinion on the subject of co-sleeping. She obviously comes down on the side of sharing your bed with your child and much of the book is, of course, in favour of this but the research she presents makes interesting reading and, I believe, allows the reader to ultimately choose for themselves whether co-sleeping is right for them. Indeed, Ms Jackson does stress throughout the book that it is for the parents to decide what feels right and to go with their instincts against taking (sometimes unwanted) advice from so-called professionals. She doesn't preach but offers as examples what others have tried - both in favour and against the idea. The last two chapters offer the practical advice - the "how to" co-sleep idea and the different ways she did things. So if, like me, you have a partner who likes the idea, is nervous of the idea, wants to try co-sleeping but also is frightened by all the bad press and can't be bothered to read the whole book, then direct them to these last two chapters so they can at least get an idea of the whole concept.Read more ›
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