LS13 Infant-Parent Bedsharing
All mammals sleep in proximity to their young.
Humans traditionally did too, crib sleeping was rare until the 20th century.
This shift occurred because western cultures began to favour individualism, autonomy, romantic
love, sexual privacy, adoption of bottle feeding.
Now, solidary sleeping is now the norm. The place of infant sleep is a controversial topic, there
are recommendations against bed-sharing but some parents argue for bedsharing.
Figure: Meta-analysis of bed-starring frequencies. Red being more incidents of bedsharing and
green being less.
In the Netherlands: at two months the highest cases of bed sharing occur among Caribbean, the
Dutch and the lowest among the Turkish.At 24 months, Caribbeans are still the highest, then
moderate for Turkish and lowest for Dutch. Showing that Turkish maintains their low levels until
two years, and Dutch drops of dramatically.
Predictors of bed-sharing differ between ethnicities. Dutch mothers are more likely to bed share
if they are depressed, the child has a bad temperament, or their is household crowding (reactive
International bed sharing would be choosing to bed share based on the benefits to your child, not
as a reaction to circumstances.
Breastfeeding and bed-sharing is bidirectional: bed sharing mothers are more likely to
breastfeed, breastfeeding mothers are more likely to bed-share.
Behaviours of bed-shar