Precautions for Sharing a Bed With an Infant
Bed sharing (also called co-sleeping or the family bed) is common in many cultures. This arrangement can make breast-feeding easier and can help the mother rest. But there is controversy about whether bed sharing decreases or increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Other safety issues, such as accidental entrapment or suffocation, may be more likely to occur in an adult bed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents not to share their bed with babies.1 The AAP states that the best place for a baby to sleep until at least 6 months of age is in a crib (or bassinet or cradle) that is placed in the parents' room, close to their bed. (Baby beds that attach to the side of the parents' bed have not yet been tested enough to have set safety standards.)
If you decide to share a bed with your baby, the following suggestions may help make it safer:
Do not ever sleep with your baby on a couch or armchair. These areas are particularly dangerous for babies.
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