Reviews - What do customers think about Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping?
Easy to Read and PACKED with Information Aug 29, 2008
If you have ever wondered why billion of babies around the world have survived eons of human history sleeping with their parents when it's obviously so dangerous, this is the book for you. If you cosleep with your baby, and your family is completely ballistic over it, this the is book for you (and them). If you are stumbling through the early days of parenting wondering why your baby screams bloody murder every time you lay him in his beautifully decorated nursery, this is the book for you. If you occasionally take your baby back to bed with you in a desperate bid for sleep, then feel horribly guilty in the morning, this is the book for you. This book is smart, easy to read and packed from front to back with scientifically validated information.
This book is an incredibly easy read. I believe it's about ninety pages long, so even a sleep-deprived parent or a recalcitrant partner can read it quickly. Within those pages is a huge amount of information. Rather than expousing his pet theories, McKenna brings in the research, and lots of it. Nevertheless, he keeps his book accessible and easy to read. I was never overwhelmed by the technobabble that occasionally accompanies quotations of scientific research. McKenna doesn't tell you what is best for your baby. He doesn't tell you where your child has to sleep. He offers many different options and leaves it to each family to decide what works best for them. For each option, he also offers information about when it would not be safe. After reading this book, I felt validated in most of the sleeping choices our family has made. I also realized that one of them was extrememly dangerous - falling asleep with our baby on the couch. Finally, Dr. McKenna's credentials are impeccable, and much more reliable than the Juvenile Products Commission, who are lobbyists for crib-makers. (No mixed interests there!) He runs the only mother-infant sleep lab in the country that actually studies mothers and infants during sleep. He also has some great information in there about SIDS.
This book is wonderful. It offers a wide-range of choices without the judgement that one finds in so many other parenting books, magazines, websites. McKenna obviously believes that babies belong near their parents, but he never claims that there is a one-sized-fits-all model for sleep. Rather than insulting our intelligence by attempting to persuade us to follow his plan, he offers options, explains which situations they are appropriate in and which they are not, and then leaves it to each family to make its own choices. All of this is wrapped up in an easy-to-read, very accessible package, which is especially appropriate for sleep-deprived parents and well-meaning in-laws.
Happy sleeping, Sarah
Great for beginning co-sleepers - convincing your spouse or relative Jun 3, 2008
Being a 'science person' I loved reading about Dr. McKenna's research into co-sleeping relationships. Lots of information about why it is so good for your child to co-sleep and how for most people throughout history, co-sleeping was not a choice but assumed. As my daughter is already 14 mos old this book didn't give me any great insights, just confirmed with research what I have suspected based on my own experiences. I wish I had read it when she was younger - it would have saved me the painful week where we tried to transition my daughter back to her own room when it was suggested to us that she would sleep better by herself. She sleeps best next to me - cozy family bed.
Sleeping with Your Baby Mar 1, 2008
Wonderful and informative. I would highly recommend this book to the professional and lay person alike. It has the latest research and information. References are great!
One of the Best Parenting Books I have ever read!! Jan 25, 2008
This is one of the best parenting books I have read. This book helps you make parenting decisions that can reduce your child's risk of dying of SIDS. Every parent needs to read this book. It is not based on someone's opinion that co-sleeping "feels right" it is based on real scientific research!! Dr. James McKenna is one of the top sleep researchers in infant sleep. It isn't just about sleeping with a baby in your bed, it is about sleeping with your baby very close to you - weather in a crib, co-sleeper, or bassinet. It also includes a lot of info on how breastfed infants also have a reduction of SIDS. And also explains who should not co-sleep with their baby -- such as parents who smoke.
A seminal publication that should be read by every parent with an infant. Jul 10, 2007
Along with informed and informative contributions by William Sears, Meredith Small, and Peter Fleming, "Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping" by James J. McKenna (Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep laboratory, University of Notre Dame) is an instructional and safety guide for parents who sleep with their baby in their bed whether the practice is a nightly routine or an occasional event. "Sleeping With Your Baby" counters the popular notion that sleeping with an infant is dangerous to that child, and even morally suspect. Readers will find cogent and documented explanations for the potential benefits of cosleeping, how to minimize any hazards or risk factors, and just when, why, and how a parent should sleep with a baby. A very strongly recommended addition to personal and community library Parenting Studies reference collections, "Sleeping With Your Baby" is a seminal publication that should be read by every parent with an infant.