The Dangers of Co-sleeping: A Christian Perspective

As Christian parents, we recognize the value of giving our kids a secure and wholesome environment. We work hard to keep children safe and make sure they have everything they require to prosper. But occasionally, even with the best of intentions, we might err and do more harm than good. One such practice that has gained popularity in some circles but poses serious risks to both infants and toddlers is co-sleeping.

In order to increase awareness of the hazards linked with the practice of co-sleeping — risks that should not be taken lightly — medical specialists have gathered to discuss it. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome is thought to cause 3,400 newborn deaths under one year of age per year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (SUID). Many cases are in fact connected to co-sleeping, even if not all cases are particularly attributable to this practice.

What does co-sleeping entail then? In its most basic form, it occurs when a parent or other caregiver elects to share a bed with their newborn or young child. Medically speaking, this is risky since babies primarily breathe through their noses, which can easily become obstructed if other people are nearby. Suffocation or other severe breathing problems caused by this could result in death.

However, rather than making an informed choice concerning their child’s safety, many parents decide to co-sleep out of sheer tiredness – whether from lack of sleep or just from being overburdened with work/family commitments. Co-sleeping can even be done for cultural reasons, but regardless of one’s justifications for doing so, it is still not suggested, per the counsel of experts like those at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

You must put your infant in an empty bassinet or crib on a flat surface without any pillows or blankets inside in order to ensure their safety while sleeping at night as a Christian parent. You should also try to avoid sharing a bed with your child until they are at least 6 months old, or even better, keep them sleeping in their own room during this time. Just be sure you keep Chris.

It should go without saying that following these basic guidelines will significantly reduce the hazards associated with risky sleeping habits like co-sleeping; yet, simply being aware of these concerns should be sufficient to motivate us as Christians to strive for holiness and safety in our homes. After all, what matters more than the welfare of our little ones? Never forget how blessed we are by God Himself, and how much He cares that we take good care of His most prized gifts: our children!