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Pinch Mom Says Co-Sleeping Worked With Her Daughter

Reported by: Send eMail Taisha Walker
Videographer: Taisha Walker, John Tincher
Reported: Jun. 11, 2014 9:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 12, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
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Co-Sleeping Danger
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Pinch , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Parents who co-sleep with their children could pose danger to that child by accidentally rolling over on him or her.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in the U.S. over a seven-year period, at least 515 deaths were linked to children under two years of age sleeping in adult beds. More than 120 of those deaths were caused by someone rolling on top of the child. That's why health experts suggest room over bed sharing.

Stephanie Sink, a nurse and expectant mom, said co-sleeping works for her family and is perfectly safe.

"She co-slept with us from the beginning in a playground bassinet, but it just felt right to bring her in the bed with us," Sink said about her her 2-year-old, Avery.

Sink loves being able to have her daughter close to her, especially at night. Sink and her husband have been co-sleeping ever since Avery was four months old, in other words, they share their bed with their daughter. Sink said it gave her peace of mind and was helpful when it came time to breastfeed.

"It's been a lot easier and we sleep a lot better, all of us do," Sink said.

It's convenient for nursing moms but risky, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends against it for safety purposes.

"Parents can accidentally roll on a child and sometimes, actually, parents don't get as good a quality sleep because infants make noise at night," Dr. Elizabeth Brown, who practices internal medicine, said. "It's just what they do."

Brown said there's lot of research in favor and against co-sleeping. She suggests parents consult with their pediatricians about the best option for their family.

But for Sink, co-sleeping can be safe.

"We use separate blankets in the bed, and she doesn't sleep under the blanket," Sink said.



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