We often hear people talk about sleep regressions, but this can send parents off on a tangent, fearing their child is losing skills they once had. Understanding what's happening is essential to helping parents cope with these times and truly help their kids.
New headlines suggest solitary sleep can improve infant sleep, but digging deeper makes it clear that this suggestion is not only wrong, but potentially dangerous.
The AAP recently suggested that bedsharing should never occur with infants under 4 months of age, leaving many breastfeeding families wondering what they should do for sleep. I look at the evidence for this recommendation to see if it holds up.
The AAP has released their updated Safe Sleep Recommendations so it's time to take a look at what they say and how it applies to families.
Some have suggested that bedsharing and breastfeeding inherently go hand-in-hand. Some suggest it's simply a great tool for breastfeeding families. Two pieces of research attempt to examine this and I take a close look at both to determine what we can take home.