Those that rate this book poorly, have issue with sleeping with thier children. Mostly due to the lack of knowledge they have for this type of parenting. Or some sad intolerance or selfishness-either trained or advised by others "It is astounding how thousands of generations of knowledge and expereince can be wiped out by one generation of ignorance." I heard this quote resently, and it definaelty applies to anti-cosleepers!
CO-sleeping is natural and comfortable, fuss free, and overall a wonderful expereince. My first son, we stopped too soon, guilted by public opinion, and guilt over this simple pleasure. I have since gotten reinforcement for my attachment parenting habits, and I embrace my co-sleeping, and know now from expereince that it is the way to go. My first son would have slept about anywhere, so little was lost, but my second son, welll, I am glad I embrace this method. We sleep soundly, and share an intamacy. I am better rested, because I rarely wake fully to care for my infant. We come togther naturally to breastfeed, and continue to co-exist naturally in sleep. There is a wonderfully fulfilling feeling of contentment, parenting this way. I watch others who "container" parent. They are generally fussier babies, and in the end, as the children get older, the conections are rarely the same. Sometimes the differnces are subtle. Most times not. The benefits are there. If you bother to be a parent, bother to do what is right and comfortable. Dr. Sears, you are a champ!