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Read what Child Development Experts are Saying about Baby Sleep Habits

Cape Town psychologist Abraham de Roma points out that the results of forcing babies to "self soothe for sleep training are of serious concern. Later, as adults, these people are likely to continue to try to self soothe. And the soothers used may include alcohol, drugs, compulsive overeating, obsessive sex, etc."

R. Rachel Moon, MD, a member of SIDS Task Force: "Keep your baby next to your bed in your room at least for the first six months of the baby's life. When babies are in the same room as a parent, they don't fall into as deep a sleep as they do when they're alone in the nursery. Babies stir at the noise their parents make and these frequent awakenings are protective."

Susan J. Gaspiel, a Parinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Covenant Health Care, Saginaw, MI: "In my opinion, it is unfortunate that some in our culture have allowed technology to replace the maternal role at monitoring and soothing the infant. If mothers slept alongside their infants there would be no need for products such as audio and visual monitors, vibrating bouncy seats and plush animals with maternal heart sounds."

Chele Marmet, B.S.,Ma. ICCLC, Coordinator, Ucla Clinical Lactation Program, Dept. of Pediatrics l985-l997: "The Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Bassinet makes night feedings easier. Mothers can relax knowing that their babies are safe within touching distance while providing parents and their babies their own bed space. This is one of the most useful commercial tools for promoting parent/infant attachment. It assists working mothers ini making up for missed touch time during the day be reconnecting with their babies at night."

Prof. Margot Sunderland, a leading expert in the development of children"s brains and a British Medical Association, and award-winning author with more than 20 books on children's mental health: "If you ignore a crying child, tell them to shut up or put them in a room on their own, you can cause serious damage to their brains that can result in severe neurosis and emotional disorders later in life. Hold them. Touch is vital to calm and soothe a child.