Jill Layton
September 22, 2016 1:20 pm

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs most adults will come face-to-face with. Not only are parents solely (or co-solely) in charge of the safety, health, and general well-being of their children, they also have to make DAILY decisions that could alter their kids’ lives forever.

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So when a decision is made by parents who feel that is the best choice for their child, and then are met with criticism from other parents/non-parents/lawmakers, it can be seriously disheartening.

Like the parenting choice that has recently been deemed illegal in some places. The illegal act? Co-sleeping.

Co-sleeping has been a heated debate for years — with some people swearing by it, and others believing it’s unsafe. And now prosecutors in Indiana, Utah, Delaware, and Texas are involving themselves in the topic by making co-sleeping punishable by law.

But not just the act of co-sleeping, the awful results of co-sleeping gone wrong. Babies have died by accidentally being smothered by one of their parents while sleeping.

The prosecutors’ reasoning behind the new law is that the threat of conviction will hopefully prevent parents from bringing their babies in bed with them, lowering the risk of a child’s death.

The problem is, there are numerous things parents can do to put their children at risk (one example: being smoking and/or alcohol consumption while pregnant). So many are asking: What makes co-sleeping any more unsafe than anything else?

As of now, co-sleeping isn’t specifically and officially illegal (though it is being viewed as punishable by law), but in the event of a child’s death, that may be a different story.