I got a chuckle at a recent story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Not because the topic, infant mortality, wasn’t serious, but because the culprit it listed for the troubling statistics was absurd: co-sleeping.
The second-leading cause of infant mortality in Milwaukee is SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, which often results from “unsafe sleep,“ according to the health department’s website. A form of “unsafe sleep“ is bed-sharing with parents.
“Is it shocking? Is it provocative?“ asked Bevan Baker, the city’s commissioner of health, according to the Journal Sentinel. “Yes. But what is even more shocking and provocative is that 30 developed and underdeveloped countries have better [infant death] rates than Milwaukee.“
Also, as the article and commenters pointed out, many of the countries ahead of us have the family bed. So what do they have that we don’t have? National health care coverage. I would also add paid maternity leave and paid sick days for mom.
None of this stopped the city from posting anti-co-sleeping ads, in which a baby is sleeping next to a butcher knife. I loved readers’ reaction to this:
Only a really horrible parent would allow a baby to sleep with a knife. My baby sleeps with a 9mm Glock in case any potential intruders are armed. -GTRman1213
PLEASE do not sleep with babies who have giant knives. As shown in the photo, they WILL kill you so they can have the bed all to themselves. -Katie
The last quote reminds me of my husband. He CANNOT get any sleep with the kids so he goes to their bed when they climb into ours. Joking aside, what do you all think of Milwaukee’s anti-co-sleeping ads? Do you co-sleep?