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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.
This book is brief, clear, informational, and historically reflective. I'm glad the important points are repeated as I am a sleep deprived mama in need of some info. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Anneliese Smith
This book was very easy to read, informative, and based on hard scientific data, rather than popular opinion or cultural fashion. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Atlreviewer
Not sure which side this book is on...seems more like its trying to talk you out of sleeping with your baby rather than into it. In anycase, you don't need a book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Aerindel
Great book! I think it's great that finally there is scientific backing to something mothers have always done. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hasnaat Prophete
I throughly enjoyed this book. It gave me a lot of new perspectives and I learned quite a bit. I'm glad I took the time to read.Published 5 months ago by jess
Didn't provide any sort of useable troubleshooting I was hoping for. Good as an introduction I suppose, but not as helpful for someone who already cosleeps.Published 7 months ago by Cheryl
The book was concise and a great reference for unsure parents on the topic. I look forward to cosleeping confidentially.Published 8 months ago by Steph