Baby crib vs. Parent’s bed

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that a Park Ridge baby suffocated accidentally while sleeping with his mother, which comes just days after I stumbled upon this essay in Slate Magazine, which argues (I think persuasively) that an infant sleeping in its parents’ bed is oh-so natural. Of course, it’s hard to have an informed opinion when I don’t know one person that wasn’t put to bed in a crib as a baby.

1 Comment so far

  1. w (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 11:15 pm

    as a nanny and former preschool teacher in los angeles… i’ve known dozens of families who have co-slept with their babies, and none suffocated. some people use a co-sleeper bed (a three-sided crib-type thing that latches right up onto the side of the parents’ bed) when the babies are newborns. to me, it seems like the safest way to go about it.

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