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Type: Journal article
Title: Interaction between bed sharing and other sleep environments during the first six months of life
Author: Buckley, P.
Tippett, R.
Mundy, L.
McMillen, I.
Citation: Early Human Development, 2002; 66(2):123-132
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ireland Ltd
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0378-3782
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Pat Buckley, Rachael S. Rigda, Linda Mundy, I. Caroline McMillen
Abstract: This investigation was carried out to determine the relationship between bed sharing and other places of infant sleep in the first six months of life, and to identify patterns of change in the place of infant sleep for infants who do and do not routinely bed share in the first six months of life. The sleep--wake behaviour and place of infant sleep were recorded, at weekly intervals, for bed sharing (n=25) and non-bed sharing (n=68) infants between 2 and 24 weeks after birth. Bed sharing infants spent a significantly increased proportion of their total sleep time per 24 h in other sleep environments which favoured close parental proximity and significantly less time in solitary sleep. Non-bed sharing infants spent a substantial proportion of their time sleeping alone from 2 weeks of age whereas the transition to sleeping alone occurred after 16 weeks for bed sharing infants. We have found that bed sharing acts as a proxy for increased close parental proximity during the first six months of life. This may be of significance in studies which examine the relationship between bed sharing and sudden infant death syndrome.
Keywords: Bed sharing; Infant; Place of sleep; SIDS
Rights: © 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020020527
DOI: 10.1016/S0378-3782(01)00243-2
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