Do you/did you share a bed with your baby? Would you admit to it in front of a health visitor?
We've just seen a new survey of new mums that suggests over half of us lie about sharing a bed with our baby – because those of us who do share a bed are afraid that other people, particularly health professionals, will judge or even tell us off for doing so.
The survey was done for the Sarah Ockwell-Smith's Gentle Parenting website and Sarah says she thinks the safe-sleep message has been too fiercely rammed home by some health professionals.
"The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence doesn't say, ‘Don't bed share’," says Sarah. "They say parents should be helped to make an informed choice. Lots of health professionals are completely misinterpreting this and telling parents not to do it.
“It's not just being judged that parents fear; they think: ‘If I admit this, am I going to be reported to social services?' Many people won't even tell their friends or family. It's a taboo.”
But what do you think?
Do you or have you sometimes shared a bed with your baby?
If not, why not?
And if you did or do, would you ever admit it to your health visitor or other health professional?
We'd really love to know. (Some of us here did it; some of us didn't – and the ones who did do it do admit to keeping quiet about it.)
Please do tell what you think about all this by adding a post to this thread.