“Co-Sleeping” Is Up
Co-sleeping – or the practice of letting infants sleep in the same bed as their parents at night – is on the rise according to a new government-funded study.
In fact it has more than doubled over the last two decades according to researcher Eve Colson of the Yale University School of Medicine. Colson studied 19,000 subjects as part of the National Infant Sleep Position study – conducted via telephone in forty-eight states.
In 1993, only 6.5 percent of parents (errr, “nighttime caregivers”) reported sharing the bed with their infant at night. In 2010, that number had risen to 13.5 percent. Among blacks, the percentage soared from 21.2 percent to 38.7 percent, while for Hispanics it climbed from 12.5 to 20.5 percent.
Among white infants, co-sleeping increased from 4.9 to 9.1 percent.
Critics of co-sleeping argue it exposes the infant to unnecessary risks – however co-sleeping advocates maintain there is no evidence linking the practice to elevated instances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).