Richard Ferber caused a sensation with the let-them-cry approach advocated in his landmark 1985 book, experts say more and more parents are giving in to the co-sleeping
demands of kids who've outgrown their cribs -- at least until the parents find a solution that isn't quite so fraught with guilt.
Using the 9 best-designed case-control studies published to date, each of which used multivariate analysis to control for infant sleep position and parental tobacco use (among other confounders), we evaluated co-sleeping
, room sharing, sleep surfaces, and bedding accessories as risk factors for SIDS (TABLE).
A recent federal study of co-sleeping
has some parents happy, while some safety experts are worried about potential suffocation.
and New Zealand, which supports the safety and benefits of co-sleeping
We've found that in the vast majority of cases the babies were found in a co-sleeping
situation and a proportion of deaths were from overlay or suffocation.
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths advises against co-sleeping
because of the risk of cot death.
McKenna suggests that this may give co-sleeping
babies practice in arousing from prolonged breathing pauses that may, in some cases, result in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its clinical guidance on co-sleeping
with babies under 12 months, clarifying the association between co-sleeping
and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Elaine McInnes, a professional development officer from the Institute of Health Visiting who helped to develop the new Nice co-sleeping
recommendations, said: "Being a new parent is exhausting.
Now, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that parents or carers with a child under the age of one should be told about the factors associated with co-sleeping
with their babies and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) to allow them to weigh up the possible risks and benefits.