Dr James McKenna on Cosleeping
"Just as we have rediscovered the benefits of nursing, so too, we predict in the next ten years we will discover the benefits of the other half of it, infant-parent sleep contact and proximity..... The practice of infants and children sleeping beside their parents is found in the great majority of contemporary world cultures. In fact, parents and children sharing the same sleeping place was common for all peoples, including all industrialized countries up until about 200 years ago. The question should not be: should I sleep or not sleep with the baby? A better question is: how can parents and infants safely and comfortably benefit from sleep proximity with one another? From the standpoint of the infant, any form of sensory contact, however limited, is better than none. Research suggests that infants should sleep in the context of family activities and not in an isolated room."
The Arm's Reach® CO-SLEEPER® brand bassinet represents an appropriate compromise for parents who are unsure whether or not they can provide a safe bedsharing environment for their infants. Mother and baby can enjoy close proximity, which maximizes breast-feeding; and/or important sensory exchanges between the mother and infant, and this side-by-side arrangement maximizes parental mentoring and nightttime interventions.
Professor James J. McKenna is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant co-sleeping, in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In recognition of his work in 2009 he was admitted as a Fellow into the select body of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's most prestigious scientific society.At the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Department of Neurology his research team pioneered the first studies of the physiology and behaviour of mothers and infant sleeping together and apart, using physiological and behavioral recording devices. He remains one of the primary spokespersons to the media on issues pertaining to sleeping arrangements, nighttime breast feeding and SIDS prevention.