Great to read e/o's experiences!!!!
Originally Posted by AmyC
So, even though I've definitely passed through a couple periods when I swore I needed to find separate sleep/nap spaces for them, they've always cycled through to a place that they are relatively in synch and certainly not waking each other all the time.
So good to know this. I'm planning on us co-sleeping (assuming that we buy a king bed) or doing the sidecar. When they need to move to a crib, I'd like for them to still sleep together if possible!
Pathways Magazine is such a great resource for me! I get it for free through my chiropractor. Anyway, I know that co-sleeping has been a prominent topic in their publication, so I went back to look:http://www.pathwaystofamilywellness....rences_18.html
THE OUTER WOMB
Why We Never Ask:“Is It Safe For Infants to Sleep Alone?”
James J. McKenna PhD
From the Article:
The “debate” about where infants should sleep and which hazards associated with different sleep environments are worth solving has never taken place on a level social or scientific playing field. Moral beliefs about how and where infants and children should sleep in western cultures are both tied to, and reflected in, the methods and conditions used to study infant sleep. Data collected on solitary, bottle-fed infants currently serves as the “gold standard” in research methodology, despite the fact that both breastfeeding and forms of cosleeping are reaching historic highs. Thus, the pediatric sleep research community increasingly finds itself at odds with the behavior of the families it attempts to serve. This incongruity illustrates how tenacious traditional social and medical values and conventional understandings of infant sleep have become and why contemporary families feel so confused, frustrated, and unsupported.
About the Author:
Dr. James J. McKenna is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Center for Behavioral Studies of Mother-Infant Sleep, Notre Dame University. Reprinted with permission of the author.
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Hmm, I know there was another great article about SIDS in a recent Pathways, but I can't find it right now.