We coslept with our next four infants - one at a time - until weaning. As a young pediatrician with no medical training in where babies should sleep I was fascinated by the restful synchrony that I saw between the nursing pair. Martha would partially awaken just before Hayden would. Martha would nurse or comfort her back to sleep and neither member of the nursing pair completely awakened. Wow! Something good is happening here, I thought. If only I could wire up mother and baby and scientifically prove that something healthful is going on between them when they share a bed, then I could quiet the separate sleeping crowd who warned us of the "bad habit," saying "she'll never get out of your bed," and the unwarranted fears of terminal dependency. The prevailing nighttime mindset of the time was fostering selfsoothing and early independence.
Then, in 1981, I met Dr. McKenna whose interest and passion was to scientifically study mothers and babies in various sleeping arrangements and to document the physiological differences between cosleepers and separate sleepers. I still remember at our lunch meeting saying, "Jim, I'm going to follow your studies very carefully, since I'm certain a lot of good things occur while mother and baby sleep close to each other, I just can't prove it." My medical motto has always been "show me the science." Childrearing is too valuable to be left to opinions alone. Besides, I was then dubbed, "The daring doctor who recommends mothers sleep with their babies."
Twenty-five years and many scientific articles later, Dr. McKenna has proved what intuitive parents have long suspected: something healthful happens to mother and baby when they cosleep. In this book, Dr. McKenna shows us the science. Readers can trust that Dr. McKenna's sleep laboratory monitoring sleep-sharing pairs, and he relates his observations in easy-to-read language and captivating conclusions.
In nighttime parenting our eight children, we learned a valuable lesson in deciding where babies should sleep: get behind the eyes of your baby and ask yourself, "If I were my baby, where would I want to sleep?" Would your baby want to sleep alone in a separate room, behind bars, with a high risk of experiencing nighttime anxiety, or would your baby rather be nestled next to their favorite person in the whole wide world and enjoy nighttime restfulness?
In this book you will find trusted advice from the world's authority on sleeping with your baby.
-William Sears, M.D.
Very helpful in helping dispel the fears and myths that go along with co sleeping. Everything you read about it discourages it, despite the fact that it felt right to sleep with my... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brenna Picotte
Love all the ideas and the research and common sense backing them! We enjoy co sleeping with our baby and strive to do so in a safe manner by following the guidelines outlined in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Smita R.
McKenna offers support and advice for cosleeping parents. Offers the "best possible scenario" and then backs up for advice in less-than-ideal bedroom situations for parents... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joseph Clatterbuck
I already cosleep with my infant son and was well versed in the rules to do so safely. What this book brought was evidence that proved it was safe, even beneficial, to do so. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marisa de Saracho
Best book out there on cosleeping. Written so well and very informative! The author clearly respects a parent's choice, but urges you to ignore social stigmas.Published 8 months ago by R. Bernardi
I was able to read this book in less than 30m as a lot of the information presented here I know already from reading other books like Dr. Sear's Baby Book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Michelle
Finally, a source of scientifically based information presented objectively to allow parents to make informed decisions about cosleeping. Read morePublished 9 months ago by April Rose
The key to safe co-sleeping is preparing a safe sleeping environment and making the decision to co-sleep before you are totally exhausted in the middle of the night. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jennifer Ferrence