Comments on: Milwaukee Ads Wake Parents Up to Risks of Co-Sleeping http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/ The latest Lifestyle news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:34:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 By: wolfcat87 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-1485741 wolfcat87 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 05:41:40 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-1485741 This is ironic considering that SIDs is nicknamed "cradle death" because only countries who put children in cribs have it. MANY more children die from SID's every year than co-cleeping, yet I do not hear the government educating the public about the risks of cribs or CIO. Between SID's and all of the malfunctioning cribs that collapse and smother or choke babies to death every year, you'd think everyone would co-sleep. Makes one wonder if the government is just trying to protect and industry that is past it's prime. You know which parents are actually decent people by how they treat their children and whether they actually bother to educate themselves before plopping one or a few out. This is ironic considering that SIDs is nicknamed “cradle death” because only countries who put children in cribs have it. MANY more children die from SID’s every year than co-cleeping, yet I do not hear the government educating the public about the risks of cribs or CIO. Between SID’s and all of the malfunctioning cribs that collapse and smother or choke babies to death every year, you’d think everyone would co-sleep. Makes one wonder if the government is just trying to protect and industry that is past it’s prime. You know which parents are actually decent people by how they treat their children and whether they actually bother to educate themselves before plopping one or a few out.

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By: Angela http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-911712 Angela Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:12:56 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-911712 As I sit and read all these posts, I could add my two cents about how my 2 children slept in their own rooms, in their own beds, from birth, and slept through the night almost immediately. I could talk about how they are outgoing and personable and not fearful and clingy. That they have never been afraid to stay at sleepovers, or with sitters, and never hide in my skirt when people speak to them. They have always been in very good health, barely ever even getting colds. My oldest is a brilliant honors student, is taller than either of her parents and breaths very well, thanks. My younger daughter is also tall, and a gymnast in great health. I could talk about my sister in law who is a militant co-sleeper with 4 kids. Right now she is having a war with her 5 year old to get him out of her bed. He also throws a tantrum every time she leaves the house without him. Her kids will not stay over at friends' houses (her 11 year old still calls in the middle of the night, sobbing to be picked up), or in a nursery, or play group, etc. As for breathing better and being smarter and healthier... one has asthma, several have learning issues and are behind in school, and I can't go into the list of all the physical ailments and problems these kids have. We would be here all day. I could talk about all this and argue my point, like all of you have, until I'm blue in the face. Everything I've said is true but it really doesn't prove anything. Her kids may have been just as much a mess if they had all slept in a crib (although I can't help but feel their separation anxiety is directly related to the co-sleeping), and my kids may have been just as healthy and outgoing if they had slept in my bed. You all can argue the two sides with your personal stories about your own kids, all day, but the only posts here that really matter at all, are the ones where a child died. Fact: Kids have died sleeping with their parents. Fact: This is a preventable death. Question: Do you want your kid to be a smart, tall and breath well, or do you want them to be alive? It doesn't matter what your kid's IQ is if they're dead. I hope it gives you comfort to talk about his strong rhythmic breathing at his funeral. Even if all these claims by the co-sleeping team, about how healthy it is for kids to sleep with their parents, is true....given the choice, I'll take a short, dumb, asthmatic LIVE kid, thanks. As I sit and read all these posts, I could add my two cents about how my 2 children slept in their own rooms, in their own beds, from birth, and slept through the night almost immediately. I could talk about how they are outgoing and personable and not fearful and clingy. That they have never been afraid to stay at sleepovers, or with sitters, and never hide in my skirt when people speak to them. They have always been in very good health, barely ever even getting colds. My oldest is a brilliant honors student, is taller than either of her parents and breaths very well, thanks. My younger daughter is also tall, and a gymnast in great health. I could talk about my sister in law who is a militant co-sleeper with 4 kids. Right now she is having a war with her 5 year old to get him out of her bed. He also throws a tantrum every time she leaves the house without him. Her kids will not stay over at friends’ houses (her 11 year old still calls in the middle of the night, sobbing to be picked up), or in a nursery, or play group, etc. As for breathing better and being smarter and healthier… one has asthma, several have learning issues and are behind in school, and I can’t go into the list of all the physical ailments and problems these kids have. We would be here all day. I could talk about all this and argue my point, like all of you have, until I’m blue in the face. Everything I’ve said is true but it really doesn’t prove anything. Her kids may have been just as much a mess if they had all slept in a crib (although I can’t help but feel their separation anxiety is directly related to the co-sleeping), and my kids may have been just as healthy and outgoing if they had slept in my bed. You all can argue the two sides with your personal stories about your own kids, all day, but the only posts here that really matter at all, are the ones where a child died. Fact: Kids have died sleeping with their parents. Fact: This is a preventable death. Question: Do you want your kid to be a smart, tall and breath well, or do you want them to be alive? It doesn’t matter what your kid’s IQ is if they’re dead. I hope it gives you comfort to talk about his strong rhythmic breathing at his funeral. Even if all these claims by the co-sleeping team, about how healthy it is for kids to sleep with their parents, is true….given the choice, I’ll take a short, dumb, asthmatic LIVE kid, thanks.

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By: Pismo http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-888942 Pismo Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:44:04 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-888942 Who cares? We need SOMETHING to thin out the outrageous numbers of humans, and this is just a tiny drop in the bucket anyway. Sounds like natural selection, too! Who cares? We need SOMETHING to thin out the outrageous numbers of humans, and this is just a tiny drop in the bucket anyway.

Sounds like natural selection, too!

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By: Kathryn http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-882902 Kathryn Sun, 19 Feb 2012 09:22:36 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-882902 Co-sleeping is not as traditional as people like to think. My grandmother was born almost a century ago, she lived through WWII and neither she nor any of her friends or family ever co-slept with their children. She used to caution my mother to never allow herself to fall asleep while feeding me. I realise that some people find it cute to see a sleeping baby next to an adult but I really believe that people should put their children's needs before their wishes. It's called being a parent. I would never co-sleep with a kitten because I'm scared that I would smother it. I don't understand why people don't extend the same consideration to their children. Why is it that some people place cuddles and convenience above their children's lives? I can't help but suspect a post-natal abortion when I hear yet another co-sleeping death story. Parents should be held liable! It's not the poor baby's fault that their parents were too stupid to listen to advice. This Parents Have Suffered Enough (TM) crap should stop!! Enough with pitying careless/stupid/lazy/stubborn parents! Who's feeling sorry for the dead child? Anyone? Co-sleeping is not as traditional as people like to think. My grandmother was born almost a century ago, she lived through WWII and neither she nor any of her friends or family ever co-slept with their children. She used to caution my mother to never allow herself to fall asleep while feeding me.
I realise that some people find it cute to see a sleeping baby next to an adult but I really believe that people should put their children’s needs before their wishes. It’s called being a parent.

I would never co-sleep with a kitten because I’m scared that I would smother it. I don’t understand why people don’t extend the same consideration to their children. Why is it that some people place cuddles and convenience above their children’s lives?
I can’t help but suspect a post-natal abortion when I hear yet another co-sleeping death story. Parents should be held liable! It’s not the poor baby’s fault that their parents were too stupid to listen to advice.
This Parents Have Suffered Enough (TM) crap should stop!! Enough with pitying careless/stupid/lazy/stubborn parents! Who’s feeling sorry for the dead child? Anyone?

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By: anon http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-313501 anon Thu, 17 Nov 2011 02:26:10 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-313501 I wonder if the infant deaths had any other reporting... were either parents sleeping near the baby under the influence of drugs, narcotics, alcohol, cigarettes? did the child recently have a vaccination? was the baby just vaccinated? was a circumcision performed? was the baby born to a mother that was medicated during birth? were they a c section or not really due when born? "SIDS" can have many factors... thankfully these poor souls died in their sleep so that they can attribute it to cosleeping rather than a heart attack through a procedure. our mortality rate is worse that the countries out there that cosleeping is normal. there must be another factor! I wonder if the infant deaths had any other reporting…
were either parents sleeping near the baby under the influence of drugs, narcotics, alcohol, cigarettes?
did the child recently have a vaccination?
was the baby just vaccinated?
was a circumcision performed?
was the baby born to a mother that was medicated during birth?
were they a c section or not really due when born?
“SIDS” can have many factors… thankfully these poor souls died in their sleep so that they can attribute it to cosleeping rather than a heart attack through a procedure.
our mortality rate is worse that the countries out there that cosleeping is normal. there must be another factor!

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By: Stacy http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-313001 Stacy Thu, 17 Nov 2011 00:31:20 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-313001 I sure hope the knife in the picture was photoshopped next to the baby. That is far more dangerous than co-sleeping!!! I sure hope the knife in the picture was photoshopped next to the baby. That is far more dangerous than co-sleeping!!!

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By: Kelli http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-311881 Kelli Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:08:36 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-311881 I think this is a great idea. Like I read earlier if it stops one person from co-sleeping, it was money well spent. I understand why people that have co-slept say it is not bad because they don't want to think they ever would have done anything to put their child's life in danger, but they did. It is NOT safe and very sad so many babies have to die because parents are either not told or refuse to listen to the dangers. I recommend to any parent trying to make a decision about if they should put their baby in a crib or not to talk to your local medical examiner and ask them to share some stories about the dangers associated with co-sleeping. I think this is a great idea. Like I read earlier if it stops one person from co-sleeping, it was money well spent. I understand why people that have co-slept say it is not bad because they don’t want to think they ever would have done anything to put their child’s life in danger, but they did. It is NOT safe and very sad so many babies have to die because parents are either not told or refuse to listen to the dangers. I recommend to any parent trying to make a decision about if they should put their baby in a crib or not to talk to your local medical examiner and ask them to share some stories about the dangers associated with co-sleeping.

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By: Elliot http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-311761 Elliot Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:30:37 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-311761 This ad makes perfect sense to me. The knife in the bed next to the baby is a comfort object. It is probably the first thing he saw when he was born. The picture is cropped so you dont see the soothing sleep sound machine that plays the soft whisper of the electric suction, gentle beeping of several medical devices and voices of five or six people when he was born. If the picture seems well lit, it is. You guessed it, the night light is a bright surgical beam that comforts him to quiet slumber. Dont worry about him though. They keep the breast milk far far away so he doesnt remmember how difficult it was to try and latch for the first time a day or two after he was born. Ingenious who did a thorough analysis and figured out that it must be sleeping near their parents that is killing babies. This ad makes perfect sense to me. The knife in the bed next to the baby is a
comfort object. It is probably the first thing he saw when he was born. The
picture is cropped so you dont see the soothing sleep sound machine that plays
the soft whisper of the electric suction, gentle beeping of several medical
devices and voices of five or six people when he was born. If the picture seems
well lit, it is. You guessed it, the night light is a bright surgical beam that
comforts him to quiet slumber.

Dont worry about him though. They keep the breast milk far far away so he
doesnt remmember how difficult it was to try and latch for the first time a day or two after he was
born.

Ingenious who did a thorough analysis and figured out that it must be sleeping near their parents that is killing babies.

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By: Jules http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-311511 Jules Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:41:37 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-311511 HG-If you allow a daughter in your bed until she is 10...that is YOUR fault. That is ridiculous to blame that on co-sleeping with your infant!!!! I love sleeping next to my 8 month old...it is the most natural and beautiful experience. Weird stats about infant deaths in Milwaukee, something has to be going on to cause so many infant deaths. I doubt it has anything to do with co-sleeping though. HG-If you allow a daughter in your bed until she is 10…that is YOUR fault. That is ridiculous to blame that on co-sleeping with your infant!!!!

I love sleeping next to my 8 month old…it is the most natural and beautiful experience. Weird stats about infant deaths in Milwaukee, something has to be going on to cause so many infant deaths. I doubt it has anything to do with co-sleeping though.

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By: Rein http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/11/milwaukee-hopes-babies-and-butcher-knives-wake-parents-up-to-dangers-of-co-sleeping/#comment-311501 Rein Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:40:33 +0000 http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/?p=21371#comment-311501 Apparently, the people involved in this Ad Campaign have a displaced hostility toward mothers that is consequently endangering the infant(s) in these ads. Sharp objects and weapons, such as knives, guns, etc. do not belong within a child's reach. Most new mothers know and are aware of the many dangers that threaten their children. Suffocation is just ONE of the risks that infants face. This ad is in poor taste, does not apply to the public in general, and is seeking to shock and produce a negative reaction, that should not be experienced especially when driving on a busy highway. Apparently, the people involved in this Ad Campaign have a displaced hostility toward mothers that is consequently endangering the infant(s) in these ads. Sharp objects and weapons, such as knives, guns, etc. do not belong within a child’s reach. Most new mothers know and are aware of the many dangers that threaten their children. Suffocation is just ONE of the risks that infants face. This ad is in poor taste, does not apply to the public in general, and is seeking to shock and produce a negative reaction, that should not be experienced especially when driving on a busy highway.

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