One day when I was checking my email, I came across this article
on yahoo news. It is a similar to life drawing of a baby sleeping in an adult bed next to a butcher knife. The caption indicates that your baby sleeping with you (the parents) can be as dangerous as him sleeping with a dangerous household item.
I have long time been an advocate for NOT co-sleeping, especially due to the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), suffocation, and death. This could partly stem from my stint at a day care, but also from knowing two separate families personally who were affected by SIDS (but not because of co-sleeping).
There was a big movement back in the 90s called “Back to Sleep Campaign” which encouraged parents to put their babies on their backs to sleep, and bellies to play, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Some people in the article noted they have been co-sleeping, with no harm. Natural parenting Web sites actually advocate co-sleeping because it is more natural, and easier on a nursing mother.
Baby product manufacturers have dealt with SIDS for decades and have began making mattresses that are firm, cribs that are safe, all of which help with reducing SIDS deaths. There are also products like bassinets and “co-sleepers” which attach the side of an adult bed that can be a good alternative to the baby being in bed with its parents.
I think its dangerous. What do you think?