Plan for “Record-Setting Bedsharing Deaths”? Same Old Thing (And It Doesn’t Work)

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Texas is on pace for a record number of “bedsharing” deaths this year: The record is 174 (in 2011) and this year so far they are already at 172.  Officials have launched a $100,000 campaign to curb these deaths by – you guessed it – telling parents how dangerous it is to bedshare ever.  A spokesperson for the state’s Child Protective Services said, “A lot of people don't … [Read more...]

Does Bedsharing Increase the Risk of Death for Younger Infants?

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A new study out of Pediatrics[1] has the media once again proclaiming that bedsharing is unsafe, particularly in the 0-3 month age range.  The study, which utilized data from the National Centre for Review and Prevention of Child Death Case Reporting System, examined details pertaining to over 8000 deaths in the period of 2004-2012.  Although the sheer number of deaths examined … [Read more...]

Bedsharing: Risks and Realities

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If you mention “bedsharing” to many nurses or doctors or even other parents, they will often tell you exactly how dangerous it is.  Haven’t you heard that it’s pretty much tantamount to trying to kill your child?  I’ve had people comment on other pages they think parents should be charged for bedsharing.  They really believe it’s that dangerous. With last year’s Carpenter et … [Read more...]

Homebirth: A “Narcissistic” Choice?

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By Tracy G. Cassels I came across this interesting discussion on Facebook the other day (be warned, it’s long so make sure you have time to read it all if interested, which I believe many of you will be).  What struck me most about it was the idea that, for some, to birth at home is a “narcissistic” choice.  (I take issue with the term itself as I don’t believe the choice is … [Read more...]

Bedsharing in Australia: Scare Mongering versus Reality

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By Tracy G. Cassels Many Australians woke this morning to scare mongering about bedsharing thanks to articles in their papers.  Claims that 25 babies died in the parental bed last year have led people to declare that bedsharing should be illegal.  Some people are being investigated for it as it is not seemingly okay to report it to Child Services (I kid you not).  It's hard to … [Read more...]

Proving the Risk of Harm in Early Sleep Training

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You can read this article in Hebrew here, thanks to Idan Melamed! You can read this article in Romanian here, thanks to Andrea Boabes! A new review paper out in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioural Pediatrics[1] has me hearing choirs, seeing the clouds part, and sun shining down (and I live in Vancouver, BC so it’s not something I see very often) over finally seeing … [Read more...]

The Daily Fail Strikes Again!

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Alright, I caved.  At first I wanted nothing to do with this article from the Daily Fail because let's face it - it's the Daily Fail - but because I'm being asked a lot, let’s take it apart, shall we? Let’s start with the title: The new parenting fad experts fear could KILL your baby: Mothers are jeopardising their child's safety by co-sleeping Um… clearly Ms. Hoyle … [Read more...]

Press Release Re: Carpenter et al. Bedsharing Study

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My plan this weekend had been to enjoy a relaxing weekend away with the family.  However, Friday I was made aware of a new report coming out today on the "dangers of bedsharing".  Needless to say, this weekend changed.  We were luckily able to view a copy of the article in advance and the group of researchers I have worked with on other posts and I wrote a response.  This is … [Read more...]

What is Normal Infant Sleep? (Part I)

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By: Tracy G. Cassels Darcia Narvaez Wendy Middlemiss John Hoffman Sarah Ockwell-Smith Kathleen Kendall-Tackett Helen Stevens To view the article in Spanish, click here. To view the entire series in Hungarian, click here. Infant sleep problems are some of the most common concerns reported by parents of young children.  Ask any new parent and most will complain about … [Read more...]