New Year's Eve brought another baby's death in Milwaukee. Another sad, tragic case that they are blaming on co-sleeping. I am completely saddened by the idea of a baby dying at such a young age (approximately two months old) and yet I am angered that it is being used to continue a smear campaign.
From what I have read, it goes something like this: Baby was passed from 22 yo aunt to 10 yo aunt at bedtime. 10 yo takes baby into a room with a few other kids all sleeping on two crib mattresses on the floor. Sometime in the night, someone sees baby is unconcious, which is when they go wake up the parents that are in the house! And somehow this is called a co-sleeping death!
A few points to this story make me really upset--one, that the baby apparently had been throwing up and having seizures the day before and yet was not at the hospital or even being closely monitered by parents. Two, that baby was left in the charge of a ten year old. I babysat as a kid, I started at 11 and was very mature for my age. But, never did I have a sick baby in my care! Three, that the parents were home but were not taking care of their own (sick) baby.
This is a case of neglect, pure and simple. A case that has everything to do with the poverty these people are living in and the fact they are obviously uneducated on how to take care of a child. The baby was passed from person to person throughout the night, when her parents were in the same house sleeping. There was no cosleeping, there were a bunch of kids shoved in a room with a baby in the middle. That is not cosleeping!!
Instead of finding a scapegoat in cosleeping, which can be a very beneficial and lovely practice, the authorities should be educating parents everywhere on how to safely care for a child with basic ideas like don't leave your baby with a ten year old! Or don't put a 2 month old in a bed with other kids! Those are easy things to teach people, right?