Let the Baby Cry?

Dr. Phil asks Dr. William Sears if he agrees.

"If your baby could talk, Wendy and Robert, here's what he would say. 'Hey, Mom and Dad, this is not working. I'm in a dark, quiet room, alone, behind bars. I need to get close to you. I need to be in your bed, in a co-sleeper next to your bed, in your room somewhere,'" he says.

Dr. Phil differs on this point. "I think this co-sleeping issue " I've read everything y'all have said about that, disagree with all of it " but I just think earlier than probably y'all do that it's good for the child to be in his or her own bed, even if it's in the same room or whatever, instead of having the " "

"And you know, Dr. Phil, there's no right or wrong sleeping arrangement," Dr. William Sears chimes in. "Wherever you guys get the best night's sleep is the right arrangement for your family."

Dr. Phil points out that Wendy worries about SIDS because she has had two cases of it in her extended family. He asks Dr. William Sears if it's hereditary.

"No. There is no inherited tendency to SIDS," he says.


Dr. Bob Sears adds, "You guys can rest assured, literally, that your baby " even though it happened to some distant relatives " your baby is at no greater risk than any other baby. What every parent can do to lower the risk of SIDS is to put your baby to sleep on his or her back. You can not smoke, which I know you don't, so that's fantastic, so you've already lowered your baby's risk. However, it's very interesting. If you bring your baby to sleep in the same room with you, we just found out last year that that reduces the risk of SIDS as well. OK, and breastfeeding your baby is the fourth way you can reduce the risk of SIDS." Taking these four measures reduces the risk of SIDS in half.

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