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Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  219 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
This book provides the latest information on the potential scientific benefits of cosleeping. Complete with sections minimizing hazards and risks, this book explains why and how to sleep with your baby.
ebook, 128 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Platypus Media (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 07, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, kindle
I liked that this book had very clear safety guidelines for co-sleeping, including illustrated do's and don'ts. I felt that there was an even-handed approach, advocating room-sharing vs. bed-sharing where risk factors exist. And they did a fine job of evaluating the recommendations against co-sleeping and then pointing out where more data needed to be studied. Appendix III (the AAP SIDS statement) and Appendix IV through VII (the responses from individuals/organizations who disagreed with the AA ...more
Apr 15, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding totally changed the way I parent, and this book, Sleeping with Your Baby helped me feel great about bedsharing, something that our culture, media, and even the AAP warns against. My thought is that if something feels good and natural and has worked throughout the course of human evolution, it is probably a good thing to do on many levels, as long as the parents educate themselves and do it safely. This book had a lot of "good science," and is a helpful an ...more
Erika RS
Jul 15, 2014 Erika RS rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book contains a lot of useful information on why cosleeping is valuable to both infants and parents. It also clearly differentiates different types of cosleeping -- bed sharing vs sidecar style vs room sharing -- and their varied risks.

I think that understanding the risks of cosleeping and how to avoid them is important for any family. As is noted often, not just in this book, most parents end up sharing a bed with their infant at least some of the time. Knowing how to do so safely is thus
David Taitelbaum
We plan on roomsharing for sure and will probably dabble a bit in co-sleeping and see how that goes. This book has some good info however there are two big drawbacks to this book:

1. McKenna spends far too much of the early half of this book defending co-sleeping. This is understandable given co-sleeping is not viewed as acceptable by the mainstream (the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against co-sleeping). I think most people who take the time to buy and read the book are interested in find
This book is a must-read for those interested in co-sleeping, but that being said, it's not a must-buy or must-have. Borrow a copy from a friend or get it from the library.

Quick read (1 day). Gives guidelines and history of co-sleeping and bed-sharing, with tips on how to do it safely.

See also his websites:
Sandra Hatton
Jul 19, 2012 Sandra Hatton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I felt it was a little repetitive, but it had a lot of interesting facts about co-sleeping/bed sharing. I learned a lot and had all my suspicions and beliefs about the dangers of "crying it out" and importance of bed sharing confirmed. I definitely recommend all new mommies and daddies read this before they have their baby so that they can start co-sleeping from day one guilt-free. Everyone gets more sleep!
Sarah Joy
Good reference, super quick read. I give it three stars only because I was expecting more content, or more secrets that aren't already easily extracted from other parenting books I'm reading.

I guess it's just reassuring to have one book on my shelf that's an authority on the subject, though. James McKenna truly is an amazing researcher and pioneer for infant sleep health!
Aug 13, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really simple book. Good practical do's and don'ts, but nothing too suprising. Draws attention to the fact that much of current Western practice is based on cultural preferences and assumptions rather than research, and that the media has overstated the dangers of cosleeping, especially considering it is predominant practice in much of the world.
This seemed to make sense based on all the other things I've learnt about babies recently. So i wasn't surprised to find similar arguments being used that I've heard before - its impossible to spoil a baby, babies that are attended to more promptly cope better, cry less etc and on and on. It supports itself pretty admirably with a ton of science, and provides jumping off points to delve further into the subject if you remain unconvinced.

Based on what I've learnt and read, alot of the ways I ori
May 04, 2010 Aradia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ethnopediatrics
James McKenna is a wonderful researcher, the first to study the sleep of mothers and infants together. He has published many peer-reviewed articles on the benefits of co-sleeping, as well as his book (which is more aimed at a general audience).
Feb 23, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a pro co sleeping guide to all the benefits of sleeping with your baby, how to do so safely and when not to. This book made me feel everything I already felt was right indeed was.
Sarah-Mae Adam
Apr 04, 2014 Sarah-Mae Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had very clear guidelines to how to, and who should, safely co-sleep with your infant. While the author is clearly pro-cosleeping, he continues to stress that co-sleeping is not for everyone, must be practiced safely, and that there are certainly situations in which parents and families should not co-sleep.

"This book is intended to provide a balanced, comprehensive and holistic perspective on cosleeping and bedsharing, specifically while breast feeding. It is intended to provide safety
If weren't sure about co-sleeping, this is a good book. But if you were pretty much sold on the idea beforehand, this book just provides the scientific and cultural support for the practice. There are one or two things you can do to make it safer, but that is the extent of the new information I got on the topic. Isolate your bed to eliminate cracks, don't smoke, and, keep pillows at a safe distance, don't use heavy blankets. 'Nuff said!
While I don't have any children yet I picked up this book to hopefull learn more about co-sleeping as this is something that I will be doing when I become a parent.

I found the book very simply written and honestly did not learn anything that I had not already known. What I did find in the book I feel is common sense to me but I can see how someone who has never heard of bed sharing would learn a great deal from this book.
Apr 20, 2016 Leani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, paper-book
If you are considering co-sleeping (or bedsharing), but are hesitant, this books tells you what to do, and what not to do. It is filled with practical tips and answers to frequently asked questions, and is great for parents wanting to know how to co-sleep safely. I was only disappointed that it merely discussed the potential benefits of co-sleeping cursorily.
Oct 15, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. It is nice to read the positive & scientific facts behind cosleeping. McKenna is an anthropologist & has a mom/baby sleep research lab at Notre Dame. Cosleeping has many benefits for mom & baby esp for breastfeeding, attachment & safety. It was quick & easy to read too!
May 22, 2011 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, consise read about the benefits (and cautions) of co-sleeping -- a term which includes bed-sharing and simply having the baby sleep in your bedroom on a separate surface (i.e. crib, bassinet, co-sleeper).
Feb 04, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Quick and easy to follow. Would recommend balancing it with some books by Sears. This is the first time I read some of the different opinions on placement of the bed in the room.
Oct 08, 2010 Hawley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
due to my having gotten this from a library, I didn't get the read as much as I wanted in the time I had allotted. What I read was great, though, and very helpful.
Jun 10, 2013 Lex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great safety guidelines backed by research. Made me feel much more confident in out decision to sleep with our baby in the face of criticism from family
Mar 27, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, babies
Really informational. It helped me and my husband clarify our own opinions about co-sleeping and come up with some ideas about what to do when the time comes.
Dec 18, 2010 Christie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great research!
Easy to read!
Helped me to see that what I am doing for my son is incredibly healthy and has been done for ages, despite my many critics.
Aug 13, 2010 Aspasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book when I was pregnant with my son. We followed the guidelines for safe co-sleeping and he is a bright, energetic toddler.
Nothing I did not already know. Concise, general info for those new to co-sleeping concepts. Ones by Doctor Sears are more in depth, though.
We did co-sleeping for the first couple of weeks, and room sharing for 5 months. This book was a helpful quick guide.
Oct 22, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
was hoping for more practical advice on the family bed vs. an essay on the reasons why.
Oct 18, 2010 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ins and outs of co-sleeping, well written, accessible and good research
May 23, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little repetitive but very good information with references!
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Dr. McKenna is the author of Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Cosleeping .

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Anthropology and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, also in Anthropology, specializing in the evolution of human parenting systems and human development. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley for two years
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