Should I Do Co-sleeping?

Updated: Mar 3

mother baby lying on bed sleeping together

Co-sleeping is probably one of the more debated-about parental practices at the moment.

Much of this comes from the studies in the early 2000s that seemed to indicate that it raised the chances of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome significantly for a baby. That being said, more recent reviews of those studies have pointed out several caveats to that advice. As such, more new mums and dads are now asking if co-sleeping is safe after all.

Today, we’ll take a look at the topic to see if we can help you come to a conclusion.

Why Are People Re-evaluating Co-sleeping Again?

baby holding mother's hand

It’s not hard to guess why so many parents ask if co-sleeping is a possibility.

First, babies themselves are often fairly vocal about their desire to sleep near their mothers.

Mothers too tend to seek contact with the baby, which may be an instinct as old as the species itself.

But another key reason besides these is the growing awareness of the qualifications that should have been made to many of the previous studies on the subject.

Most of the research that concluded that co-sleeping was detrimental to the baby’s health made little distinction between co-sleeping with few risk factors and co-sleeping with many risk factors.

For instance, sleeping next to a drunk parent or one under the influence of behaviour-altering drugs was lumped into the same category as sleeping next to a parent who takes neither drink nor drugs.

In the same vein, co-sleeping on a sofa was lumped with co-sleeping in a proper bed.

Obviously, some of these factors altered the risks.

Co-sleeping with a drunk parent is almost certainly more dangerous than co-sleeping with a sober one, for instance, as the former is more likely to roll over the baby.

The same goes for risk factors like the baby’s health, weight, and so on.

Does This Mean There Are No Risks to Co-sleeping After All?