Here at Arm's Reach, we are lucky to have had the opportunity to consult with the most important experts in the world concerning infant development. We are so proud to be mentioned in Dr. James McKenna's new book, Safe Infant Sleep.
For those of you who are not familiar with Dr. McKenna, he is recognized as the world’s leading authority on mother-infant cosleeping in relationship to breastfeeding and SIDS. In addition to his many fellowships and awards, he ran the Mother Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab at University of Notre Dame. He teaches, lectures and has published over 139 refereed scientific articles in diverse medical and anthropological journals on co-sleeping, breastfeeding, evolutionary medicine and SIDS, both here and abroad.
Dr. McKenna has just written a new book aimed at parents who want to know more about safe infant sleep and cosleeping. It is called Safe Infant Sleep and it is about to go on sale in January! This book shares the latest scientific research on the benefits of cosleeping, offers guidelines for a variety of safe sleeping arrangements, and introduces “breastsleeping,” a bedsharing technique based on the fundamental biological connection between breastfeeding and infant sleep.
We love this book because it is scientifically based, but presents history and education so that parents may make the choice that best fits their own family's needs. We also of course love this book because he talks about our Co-Sleeper bassinets specifically and offers our products as a safe separate-surface cosleeping option. He also cites Arm's Reach specifically for preemies:
"Some cosleeping devices like the Arm's Reach® CoSleeper® bassinet have the added advantage of providing space to keep medical equipment and other items needed for preemie care."
Because Dr. Mckenna is not only an expert in the science of sleeping, but he is also an anthropologist, he can really get to the bottom of why humans do what they do. He also has modern day answers to questions for friends and family who might not get the cosleeping arrangement.
We encourage all new parents to read Safe Infant Sleep to get a real picture of the options around newborns and cosleeping!