- The government "lowest common denominator" advice says no co-sleeping. Fullstop.
- Attachment parenting advocates say it's a great idea.
- Some experts say it's ok as long as you're not fat, drunk or on drugs, or a heavy sleeper, you only cover yourself with a sheet and your mattress is firm (ie, no roll-together!)
- Dr Sears says "yes, no, sometimes?".
Once home I quickly discovered that Milkbaby slept much better when I was nearby. And when I say "nearby", I mean right next to him, and he would say ideally with a nipple stuck in his little gob. Nearly 18 months on, he's still the same. I don't hesitate to bring him into our bed if I think it means we might all get some sleep. And it usually does result in a couple of people getting some quality sleep - namely the DH and Milkbaby.
But me? I'm the sucker stuck on the last 10cms of bed, with my arm stuck in a weird position and without a sheet, let alone a duvet, to cover me. If I do get some sleep, it's certainly not quality, and I'm almost guaranteed to wake up with a krick in my neck or a dead arm.
So instead of running ad campaigns that are designed to fill you with fear - like this one from Milwaukee...
The government should just run a few public service ads which warn people of the most likely outcomes of co-sleeping (pah! what a misnomer). Like this...