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Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby Paperback – 7 Jul 2003
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really love this book. A great book if you want to follow your natural instincts. It has been in my life for 9 years since my daughter was a baby. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ms. E. Greenslade
Read this book after the birth of my second child, my health visitor recommended. My first child did not sleep, the sleep deprivation was awful and massively contributed to me... Read morePublished 9 months ago by New mum
What a wonderful comprehensive critical look at the Western family bed & it's impact on the child, parents & society. A confident thoroughly researched book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not yet finished this book but I rate it after a few chapters - it's very interesting. I wish I had read it before giving birth, not only because I would have had the time to read... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Alice May
Great book - looks at lots of different angles on co-sleeping and benefits of skin on skin contact - really important read if you are considering this in order to co-sleep safely.Published 19 months ago by Plato's Symposium
Slight bias towards bed sharing, so take the title at face value and don't read it if you are likely to be offended by the idea!! Read morePublished 20 months ago by lucy elson
I have recommended this book to a friend and have recently had a message back with a huge thankyou as has completely given her the reassurance she needed and that if she had book... Read morePublished 20 months ago by natalie templar
This book was a great help during the early days of co-sleeping - something we didn't really plan to do but just happened. Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Braban