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Babies Should Sleep In Same Room As Parents During First Year

October 25, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents’ bedroom at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death.  The new recommendations say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents on a separate surface (in a crib or bassinet) and never on something soft, preferably until they are a year old. The AAP says room-sharing lessens the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by as much as 50 percent.

For many years, the AAP has advocated that babies be placed on their backs for sleeping to reduce risks of SIDS. Other recommendations include: avoiding bed-sharing; use of crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys all of which reduced SIDS deaths. But SIDS cases have plateaued at 3,500 unexplained deaths each year in the U.S., prompting the updated advice released Monday.

“Placing the crib close to the parents’ bed so that the infant is within view and reach can facilitate feeding, comforting, and monitoring of the infant,” the academy says.

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