Facebook is a wonderful way of connecting with people. And a great tool to find out what is going on in the world around us.
My friends list has many like-minded parents and women I admire on it. So when I saw yesterday that Pinky McKay would be appearing on the Project I had to check it out.
She was wonderful. She talked about safe co-sleeping and said exactly what all women need to hear, that ultimately they are the expert when it comes to their baby and parenting decisions are theirs to make.
Pinky, you rock!
The rest of the segment was cringe worthy. Filled with scare mongering and statistics manipulated to prove their point.
Did you know almost half of SIDS deaths happen while co-sleeping?
Doesn’t that mean over half the deaths happen while NOT co-sleeping?
QUICK BAN THE COT!
No mention of course of whether drugs, alcohol, smoking, formula feeding, sleep apnea, or prescription medications were used. All bed sharing risk factors. No mention either of the kind of bedding used or how the bed was set up. Just that the baby was in bed with it’s parent.
Let’s face it, putting your baby to bed anywhere has risks. It needs to be a clear surface free of heavy blankets, pillows, bumpers, gaps between the mattress and rails. This goes for the cot and the family bed.
With 80% of parents taking their baby to bed between birth to 6 months it is time to stop telling parents that everything they do is wrong and they’re going to kill their baby and start telling them how to parent safely.
Don’t drink around your baby. Don’t smoke around your baby. Avoid medications that make you drowsy if possible and if you can’t put them in their own sleeping space. If possible, breastfeed – breastfed babies are more alert and wakeful which means their risk of SIDS is lower then formula-fed babies. Don’t use thick doonas, there are plenty of warm options that aren’t thick and heavy.
I co-slept although both times it was for a short time but we did so safely and my babies were never at risk.
For more information on the co-sleeping concerns, Dr Sears has written this on his website.