On Tuesday a 7 1/2 month-old baby died when he rolled between a bed mattress and a wall. A U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission survey revealed that there are, on average, 64 deaths per year of children under the age of 2 from sleeping in an adult bed. This is a tragedy that hits close to home for me. In 1997 my first child died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Since then, I have been preaching safe sleeping practices to everyone. With my subsequent children, I wanted to keep them close to me at night, just to hear them breathing. I loved my co-sleeper which allowed them to be right next to me but in a safe sleeping area. I also made sure to keep blankets and soft bedding out of the co-sleeper.
But I know that co-sleeping is a topic that moms have strong opinons about. And, having experienced many bleary-eyed nights myself, I also know that sleep deprived parents will do anything to get their baby to sleep which includes bringing her into their bed. Last year a New York Times article discussed the "dirty little secret" that moms, while recognizing they should not co-sleep with their children, were doing it in record numbers for a variety of reasons.
What are your thoughts on co-sleeping?