Chapter 8. Sleeping Arrangement

Table 8.12. Percent of mothers indicating each reason for not bringing their baby to bed with them by infant age or survey month1,2, among mothers who never lay down with or sleep with their baby at month 3 survey or in the past 4 weeks at month 6, 9 and 12 survey

Infant Feeding Practices Study II

  Survey month
  3 6 9 12
It is not commonly done in my family 28.2 30.1 34.4 38.0
We wake each other up, or baby wakes me or others in the bed 21.5 33.2 44.4 48.2
I think it is safer if my baby does not sleep with me or us 86.7 78.2 77.9 74.3
I don't think the baby should sleep with me because I smoke, take sedative medicine, or other reason 1.3 2.3 1.7 1.8
A doctor or nurse advised not sleeping with my baby 15.5 10.7 9.5 10.5
I think it will be too hard to get my baby to sleep in a crib when he or she is older 52.6 55.1 57.2 56.2
N 701 1,224 1,149 1,138

1Table is based on variables: M3H3A-F, M6H12A-F, M9H12A-F, MWH12A-F

2Column percentages do not add up to 100% because mothers could choose all that apply