Three in a Bed: The Benefits of Sleeping with Your Baby Paperback – 7 Jul 2003
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Current Western parenting advice, says Deborah Jackson, stresses the need to minimise the "bother" that children cause; Jackson claims that this culture views the child as a potentially dominating personality that could undermine parental authority when older and emphasises that this tendency needs to be trained out of them early. The author disputes the scientific basis for such claims, and such a culture, and appeals to parents to trust their own instincts. Using extensive research she puts the case for a child-orientated approach to parenting.
This book is controversial, thought-provoking, carefully researched and passionately argued. It is extremely interesting, and, even if you don't accept all her conclusions, will definitely prompt the reader to reassess their own expectations of the parent-child relationship. --Alison Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'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
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After reading this book I just got on with co sleeping and enjoyed it. At about 8 mths she went into her cot, right next to my bed, without any upset. This is working well for us. But if she wants to she comes in with me.
All parents should read it, even if just to balance their views.
That said, the book does go too far in places. Ideas such as the reason why the US and Russia are the most aggressive nations on earth (it's a little out-dated) is because it is in these countries where co-sleeping rates are lowest, demonstrate that the book's agenda is clear, and not quite as scientifically based as it appears. I expect that most members of the Taliban slept in their parents' beds as that's what happens in Central Asia - and look how they turned out!
I also think that there is far more to bringing up happy, confident children than co-sleeping, whereas both the book and other reviewers seem to think that co-sleeping guarantees this. I was left to cry as a baby, as was my husband, as that was what our mothers thought was best in the mid-1970s. However, we are both happy, secure and independent people, and apart from a couple of blips as teenages, always have been. We both have wonderful parents whose love was unending and unquestioned, and who always treated us fairly and with respect.
Finally, the book doesn't really deal with day time napping. My son sleeps brilliantly in a sling (Tinokis, an Isreaeli brand - fantastic) and I love love love carrying him around. However, I can't carry him all the time, as the book advocates. It's just not practical given our current lifestyles where, rightly or wrongly, we have so much else to deal with on a daily basis.Read more ›
It opens up the possibility of a more nurturing, natural way for you and your baby.
Reading this book allowed me to trust my instincts, to reaslise that humans have been having babies for their entire history and that actually, sleeping right next to mummy and daddy is the safest, most emotionally secure place for baby to be. It explains the benefits to both parents and baby; explains how natural it is to sleep next to each other and how safe it can be.
I co-slept with two out of three of my children, I can not put into words how I so wish I had read this book before I'd had my first baby. It saddens me to realise how much we both lost as a result of not having known how safe co-sleeping is.
Do yourself, your children and your heart a favour, read this book and make a more informed choice about co-sleeping.
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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 3 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 4 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 9 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 10 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 10 months ago by natalie templar
A brilliant read if you, like me, feel that the popular trend to let your little one cry their hearts out ( and mummy too! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Claire
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 12 months ago by M. Braban
Wish I had read this when my little boy was tiny. It's a great read, with some great stats in it. As well as good information about people around the world.Published 14 months ago by Rachel