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Now for this week's parenting news...

Parents 'sceptical' about dangers of co-sleeping: Half of cot deaths are linked to bed-sharing but many parents are sceptical about the risks, according to a poll of mothers by the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. A quarter of the 500 mums questioned said they doubted that sharing a bed with a baby put them at undue risk, despite evidence from Bristol University showing that sharing a bed is a factor in more than 50% of deaths. Rosie Dodds of the National Childbirth Trust questioned the research, saying it had found no increased risk of death in cases where bed-sharing parents had not drunk alcohol, taken drugs, smoked or fallen asleep on the sofa. She said it was not appropriate to tell all parents not to sleep with their babies. (BBC Online 14.10.09)

Court case raises worries over drug use in pregnancy: A family has been awarded $2.5m (£1.6m) in damages after a jury in Philadelphia decided that the antidepressant Seroxat, which the mother had taken during pregnancy, was responsible for their three-year-old son's major heart defects. The drug's British manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, said it did not accept that its drug was the cause, and will appeal against the verdict. Thousands of women take antidepressants in pregnancy, and until now have been assured that they are safe. (Guardian 15.10.09)

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fircone recoils at her health visitor's rumpy-revving tip: "She leaned conspiratorially towards me and said, 'Do you know how to make love? Properly? My hubby and I have a wonderful sex life. I feel it's due to our caravan.'"

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Aitch's TV round-up: Murderland, Mon 19 Oct, ITV1, 9pm
For those of you still reeling from Criminal Justice, here's another high-profile murdery thing, although, this time, it's ITV, so expect to drop a few IQ points and up the squick factor. I've not seen it yet, so dinnae blame me if it's shite, but it stars Robbie Coltrane. And I'll actually be thrown out of Scotland if I don't mention it...

Blog of the week: Week 13
findingdaddyright finds her booking scan twangs pursestrings, not heartstrings: "So, 'The Very First Money I Spent On You' (can't find the sticker for that) was £7 on a vague black-and-white blur, which I texted to my Dad, and £8 in hospital car parking charges. Dad texted back to say I'd been given a cot by Auntie Jean, which is nice since I didn't know I had one. An Auntie Jean, that is..."
Bursting to blog? Why not start your own?

Recipe of the week: kslatts' spiced apple muffins
Dead-easy, scofftastic teatime treats, bulging with cinnamony, nutmeggy autumnal comfort. Earn extra seasonal-food brownie points by bunging some crunchy, chopped walnuts.
Review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?

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