Parents of babies are exhausted, and so most of them WILL fall asleep with their babies at times. When we simply tell parents “don’t do it” we don’t stop it from happening. We do stop parents from being honest with their health care providers, and we prevent them from getting the facts that they need to create a safe sleeping situation. It’s better to acknowledge that bed-sharing does happen and to provide parents with the safety information they need.
My new book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Newborns delves into this topic in detail, and provides all the information parents need to create a safe bed-sharing situation for their little ones.
Happily, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its policy statement to reflect this fact. Read more about this at the Washington Post, here: