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Do Infant Suffocation Stats Change Your View of Co-Sleeping?

When it comes to putting baby down to bed, the majority of lilsugar readers said they don't mind sharing their mattress with their mini me. Fifty-one percent of you are for co-sleeping, but a recent study by the CDC reported that infant suffocation, which is tied to bed sharing, has quadrupled in the last twenty years.

Does this sway your opinion?


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phatE phatE 8 years
it's baffling to me that some of you feel that the increase in suffocation over the past 20 years isn't related to the increase in co-sleeping.. 20 years ago co-sleeping wasn't as common,, babies slept on their stomachs more, had bumpers and blankets in their cribs, etc.. today, because of SIDS babies sleep on their backs { and end up having to wear ridiculous helmets}. don't have the bumpers on their crib, nor do they sleep with blankets or stuffed animals until a certain age. on an issue this serious, it's scary to see the denial of some of you.. well-meaning parents don't realize that in the first few months exhaustion can cause you to not wake up, or realize when something has gone wrong that you would typically wake to immediately. it's also scary to hear that convenience is another main factor in co-sleeping. i don't understand why i bassinet right next to the bed is not convenient enough? yes,you have to move a foot or two but really ppl just suck it up. i am being harsh, but to those who said "we had no problems" i am so glad, b/c the ones that did are the ones that are apart of this statistic. don't chance it guys, it's not just the "bad parents" that have things like this happen.. it only take a second for you to accidentally move a sheet or yourself, etc without even realizing it. parents of infants are exhausted.. they need to not assume they'd react as if they were well rested. when you sleep you're not aware, and this study is the perfect example of that.
tfergusonx4 tfergusonx4 8 years
i feel safer when my baby is in the bed with me where as if she is in her own bed. with my oldest i found myself getting no sleep at night bc i was always checking to see if she was ok. but once i put her in the bed with me and i could feel and hear her beside me i knew she was safe.
kindo1313 kindo1313 8 years
Bedsharing (technically, co-sleeping means sleeping in the same room as baby) is safe when done correctly and even can lower your baby's risk of SIDS. Not keeping loose blankets or sheets near your baby is part of doing it safely, though. So is not drinking or taking any type of medication that may make you drowsy. I believe that there are many physical and psychological benefits to bedsharing; plus, my baby and I both sleep better when we sleep together, so it really is a no-brainer for me.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
Beyond the statistics, co-sleeping is just not a great idea. Although I do understand that it is easier with breadstfeeding, don't you want your baby to get used to sleeping in a crib, bassinet, whatever? For the first few months, we had to sleep with our son on top of us and it was awful and it felt dangerous! My friend told me that she was breastfeeding her baby and they both fell asleep, and when she woke up, her baby was under the sheets!!! As much as you think you will wake up to that kind of stuff, sleep is still sleep and you are not aware of what is going on around you!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I wonder why Black Male babies are the most affected by this statistic, thats strange.
princessAlexi princessAlexi 8 years
I have co-slept with all of my kids, it is just so much easier for nursing, and I've never had a problem with it.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
No way I sleep too hard. I generally don't move (I sleep next to my laptop with the screen up), but I don't feel comfortable that I would wake up %100 if I did move on top of them.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
No way I sleep too hard. I generally don't move (I sleep next to my laptop with the screen up), but I don't feel comfortable that I would wake up %100 if I did move on top of them
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I co-slept with my daughter for her first 3 months. When you're nursing it's easier. But if I was super tired I put her in her playpen/bassinet thing and let her sleep there. But I loved to take naps with her. With this new one on the way, I'm not sure if I'll be able to do that since our daughter is going to be graduating to a big girl bed and will be able to get up as she pleases, so I will have to worry about that.
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