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TN Shoppers Get Advice on…Sleeping?

August 24, 2007

Tennessee shoppers may have noticed some unusual announcements on retailers' public address systems, advising them never to sleep with their infants, and that 'the safest place for a baby is in a crib.' The announcements claim that crib sleeping reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by 40 percent. However, SIDS expert Dr. James McKenna at the University of Notre Dame says it’s not true and the message shoppers are hearing is misleading.

"To imply that by virtue of simply sleeping with your baby you are inherently putting it at risk is unacceptable on a moral level, and also unacceptable on a biological or scientific basis. "

McKenna says his research has found that babies sleeping next to, or near, primary caregivers develop sleep patterns that actually protect against SIDS. McKenna points out that, while there are many benefits to sharing a bed with your baby, it’s not for all parents. For example, adults who smoke, take drugs, or drink alcohol should never sleep next to an infant.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against any bed-sharing. However, Dr. McKenna disagrees and says the suggestion is based on the belief that parents cannot be taught how to sleep safely with a baby. He explains that co-sleeping helps stimulate milk production for breastfeeding mothers, and establishes a sensitivity to the baby’s normal behavior.

"It can lead to very beneficial results for both mothers and babies and, indeed,in some instances it can lead to life-saving episodes, where mothers can detect crises with their babies and respond appropriately."

A list of safe co-sleeping tips can be found at

Deborah Smith/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN