Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Bedsharing with kids on the rise


Starting as a baby, my daughter often slept in bed with us, and then later, with me. It was cozy.

In many cultures, the family bunks together.

I saw some pseudo-medical show where a heavyset woman had rolled over on her infant and killed it. Somehow, with a dam of rolled-up flannel sheets around her, my daughter seemed safe from that. Probably the denial of a new mom.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the percentage of kids sleeping with parents has doubled since 1993—and is now almost 13%.

Some say it causes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. Others say the mother sleeps less deeply as does the baby and thus the baby does not slack off breathing.

If you do this, have a firm mattress, no water beds. No mushy duvets or banks of pillows.

The kid does not necessarily have to spend every night there. But if he or she creeps in, don’t freak out.

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