There's a lot of controversy out there about bed-sharing, and many parents struggle to make the right decision for their family when it comes to sleep arrangements. But even if you do your homework, you'll find that there are some myths about bed-sharing that are putting babies in danger — it's more than just laying your baby in bed between you and your SO.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, bed-sharing is still the greatest risk factor for sleep-related infant deaths, so why is it still considered safe by some experts? Because there is a right and wrong way to do it. There are too many deaths that could be prevented, if only there had been some education on how to safely bed-share. Dr. James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at University of Notre Dame, noted that there are very specific guidelines that should be followed to ensure your baby is safe while bed-sharing — they have to be lying on their backs, on a firm surface, without secondhand smoke, and their heads should be uncovered. You can't just bring your baby into your super soft waterbed, full of pillows and blankets, and prop them up with a bottle. That's not how safe bed-sharing works, despite the myths that perpetuate these ideas.
Bed-sharing is natural, but it takes a little effort to make it a safe choice for your baby. And that effort starts with forgetting all about these nine myths about bed-sharing that are putting babies in danger.