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  • Safe Infant Sleep

  • Expert Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions
  • By: James J. McKenna PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Summary

Why do current medical guidelines insist that cosleeping is unsafe? What is the difference between SIDS and SUID, and are they related to cosleeping? What should parents do to make a safe sleep space for their infant? If a family chooses to cosleep, how should they respond to reproach from friends, family, or medical professionals?

In Safe Infant Sleep, the world's authority on cosleeping breaks down the complicated political and social aspects of sleep safety, exposes common misconceptions, and compares current recommendations to hard science. With the latest information on the abundant scientific benefits of cosleeping, Dr. James J. Mckenna informs listeners about the dangers of following over-simplified recommendations against the age-old practice, and encourages parents to trust their knowledge and instincts about what is and is not safe for their baby.

This book offers a range of options and safety tips for your family's ideal cosleeping arrangement. These include variations of roomsharing and bedsharing, and the book introduces the concept of "breastsleeping". This term, coined by Dr. McKenna himself, is based on the inherent biological connection between breastfeeding and infant sleep. An essential resource for both parents and professionals, this book teaches you how to confidently choose a safe sleeping arrangement as unique as your family.

©2020 James J. McKenna (P)2021 Tantor

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honest unbiased view on co-sleeping

would recommend to those who considers co-sleeping but is put off but midwifes and health visitors

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Just amazing!!

Being a midwife in the UK myself and for years telling women and families it is unsafe to sleep with your baby when I became a mum myself this went against every instinct I had. I then came across this book and could not put it down! It all makes sense now!! What I was doing instinctively is how us humans are designed and how we have done it for years before western society created “ideal babies”. I am so grateful for all the research that James J McKenna and team have done and for this fantastic book! I will definitely be recommending this book to the women in my care. It’s about time we give control back to women and their families when they have a baby. Thank you!!

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  • 08-02-22

The other side to the SIDS story

Dr. McKenna explains what mothers know to be true: that sleeping close to their infant is, in a word, right. He uses anthropology, biology, genetics and statistics to discredit the APA's harsh stance on bedsharing.
My only criticism of the book is not of the content, but the tone. It's defensive. I would have loved to have heard all the same information in a more positive light.

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  • Elizabeth Bolanos
  • 11-08-22

A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!!

As a first time parent I have read several books and would recommend this one as a top of your list of must reads. As a person that loves psychological and evidence based studies this one checks all of the boxes. Dr. James McKenna does a wonderful job of providing an objective approach and at the same time repeating the importance that every family and situation is different, there is no cookie cutter solution.