co sleeping

I somehow ended up being interviewed for the Herald on Sunday via email about co sleeping, it cam up on facebook through a group I belonged to that a journalist was wanting to talk to co sleeping parents about their experiences and the advice they had been given by midwives, Drs, nurses etc....o I talked via email to the journalist and I was quoted in the article.

I have co slept with all our babies, with K she was over 3 months I think before I did,  I was scared that she was so little and I found it difficult to sleep with her, my confidence as a mum has grown though and now most of the night little N sleeps with me, they have all slept in the daytime in their cot and from 1am most nights they sleep with us. I have read about the risks from co sleeping, and I decided that it works for us.... I am not suggesting thought that everyone should do it.

I did an informal poll of friends on facebook, some co sleep happily others didnt, it was discouraged when I was a baby and thats ok, we make choices from the information that we have available to us, and that was the gist of the article in the paper, that information is not being given to Mums about co sleeping, its benefits and its risks.

So readers what are your thoughts on this?

love D


Caroline said...
June 16, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Definitely needs to be more made aware of how to safely co-sleep, rather than just 'don't do it'. We don't need another thing to beat ourselves up about from those who are against it.

Deborah said...
June 16, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I dislike the whole "don't do it" approach, because the implication is that we mothers with our simple laydee brainz can't handle the difficult task of making judgements about our parenting.

We didn't co-sleep, 'though on occasion the girls ended up in our bed. We did have them in our room, very close to our bed. That's what worked for us.

Azlemed said...
June 16, 2010 at 6:24 PM

its definitely about what works for each family.... I can understand the risks, if I have had alcohol I dont sleep with them, iof I amk exhauysted I dont sleep with them, its about doing things safely

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