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I feel quite sad that some ‘experts’ who on the face of it appear intelligent can produce research as poor as this.  There are many critical factors that have not been included in this study (see the link to the right for some other ‘experts’ comments).  Apart from that the study feels wrong to me.  It says that 22% of SIDS deaths were where babies were bed sharing and that 89.5% of these could be attributable to bed sharing and therefore could have been saved if the babies were in their cots….. this raises questions to me…..what about the other 78% of deaths? (I assume these babies were in cots?)  How can they say they are directly attributable to bed sharing? (were these planned bed sharers who were following all the safe bed sharing guidelines and if not maybe we should exclude them?) I always start from where my instinct sits, which is that staying close to a parent is instinctive for babies (by close I mean in contact) and many babies NEED this in order to settle, given the behaviour of other mammals how can this be wrong?  my instinct says it isn’t but that we need to make sure as parents we do it with safety in the forefront of our minds, so what are the bed sharing safety guidelines:

- Do not bed share if either parent smokes or if the mother smoked during pregnancy

- do not bed share if either parent has had alcohol or any drugs or medication that would impact sleep

- firm mattress

- Clear of pillows, light bedding (not quilt)

- watch temperature of room and layers on baby to ensure they can regulate their temperature

- baby asleep on back

- next to mother not in between parents (use a bed guard or something similar to keep baby safe)

- only bed share if you are breastfeeding (and only if the babies last feed was a breastfeed rather than a formula feed)

- do not bed share with premature babies or very small babies or unwell babies under 3 months

- do not bed share if you are exhausted (use your instinct)


I feel that if all these factors had been considered in this research then the researcher would not have found their thesis had been proven!




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