Anti co-sleeping and family bed advocates often point to an increased risk of SIDS from sharing a bed with your baby as reason why baby should sleep alone in a crib. The media jumps on tragic stories of death from improper bed sharing as further evidence of the dangers of co-sleeping.
Dr. James McKenna of the University of Notre Dame has spent 30 years researching infant sleep. The Daily Telegraph reports:
New parents often brag about how their babies can sleep through the night as if it is a sign of good parenting (or how good their babies are). My own mother claims I slept through the night at one-month-old; however, I suspect she just couldn’t hear me behind two closed doors in a time before baby monitors. The Daily Telegraph continues:
Even when parents push for their babies to sleep in cribs in their own rooms (and claim that the baby actually sleeps better that way), the family bed is usually not avoided just postponed. I know of children that once they reached the toddler years demanded the family bed when waking in the middle of night, much to the exasperation of their parents. Rather than create sleep trouble during the “terrible” toddler years, I have found toddlers to be more restful and comfortable sleeping alone if they spent their infant years in a family bed.