Officials, parents torn on idea of co-sleeping with babies
POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 6:25pm
Tyler, Texas(KETK) — The amount of infant deaths related to co-sleeping is on the rise in Texas. There have been almost 200 co-sleeping related deaths just this year and the state is taking it seriously. They've launched a campaign, babyroomtobreathe.org where parents can find tips on safe sleeping for infants.
Doctors and City Officials believe sleeping separate from baby is best. The Child Advocacy Center in Tyler talked about the risks of co-sleeping, telling us that you aren't accountable when you're sleeping and anything can happen. They suggested using the babyroomtobreathe.org website to gather information for your family/
Not all Doctors and parents share the same concerns when it comes to co-sleeping. In fact, many are advocating for it. South African Pediatrician, Dr. Nil Bergman, is one of many Doctors who believe infants can suffer from sleeping alone, causing damage to the brain's sleep cycle and behavioral problems. He also states that co-sleeping helps the parent bond with the child which is important.
Some East Texas parents felt the same way. Tyler resident, Caroline Hartman, took into consideration the risks of co-sleeping, made some adjustments and says it works for her and her family. She says both she and her son slept better once they began co-sleeping. She took the necessary precautions for safe co-sleeping such as removing large blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals. She also keeps a foot of space between her and her son and doesn't smoke.
The National Childbirth Trust is the largest parenting charity in the United Kingdom. They recognize the benefits of co-sleeping and have tips on how to do so safely.
If you're still unsure of what is best for your family, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a safe compromise of room sharing and not bed sharing to keep baby close.