Is Bed-Sharing OK for My Baby?enparents out what the experts have to say.cosleeping, beds, sharing bed, fall asleep, bond between parent and child, adult beds, cribs, baby beds, suffocate, suffocation, mattresses, headboards, SIDS, smoke, sleep on back, bed frame, footboards, bed sharing, family beds, co-sleeping, letting kids sleep in parents bed, let kids sleep with parents, should kids sleep with parents, babies sleeping, babies sleeping with parents, sudden infant death, sudden death, sharing bed with kids, kids in my bed, children sleeping with parents, where should kids sleep, sleep safety, crib safety, safe sleeping, CD1Sleep Medicine, bed-share, bed-sharing, bad share, sleep sharing, co sleeping, room sharing, room-sharing, room share11/25/200312/06/201612/06/2016Mary L. Gavin, MD12/01/201600a03754-417f-4b79-a24b-f69bbdaa558c<p><em>I'm pregnant with my first child. I'm thinking about letting my baby sleep in bed with me and my husband. Is this OK?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>Natalia</em></p> <p>Experts recommend room-sharing <em>without</em> bed-sharing to reduce the risk of <a href="">sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)</a> and other sleep-related deaths in infants.</p> <p><a href="">Bed-sharing</a> &mdash; letting your baby sleep in the same bed with you &mdash; is one type of <strong>co-sleeping</strong>, which is when parents sleep&nbsp;near their baby.</p> <p>Most experts agree that sleeping <em>near</em> your baby is a good thing to do. But people often disagree on bed-sharing. Fans of bed-sharing say it helps a baby fall asleep, is easier on nursing mothers, and promotes the bond between parent and child.</p> <p>But bed-sharing can be dangerous. Adult beds can be unsafe for babies. Parents can roll over onto the baby, the baby can be suffocated in the bedding, or the baby could get trapped between the mattress and a wall or headboard. An infant&nbsp;could even fall off the bed entirely. Studies show that bed-sharing increases the risk of SIDS, especially for babies whose mothers smoke.</p> <p>Instead, enjoy the benefits of sleeping&nbsp;close to your baby by <strong>room-sharing</strong>, which means having your infant's sleep space <em>near</em> your bed, but not <em>in</em> your bed. You can keep your baby near you&nbsp;by having him or her sleep&nbsp;in a bassinet, crib, or play yard. Bedside sleepers are available that attach to the side of the bed so that babies are within reach of their parents but still in their own safe space.</p> <p>If you do choose to&nbsp;bed-share, be sure to:</p> <ul> <li>never bed-share during your infant's first 4 months of life, when the risk of&nbsp;SIDS is greatest</li> <li>always put your baby to sleep on his or her&nbsp;back</li> <li>never bed-share on a soft surface, such as a waterbed, couch, or armchair</li> <li>make sure the bed's headboard and footboard do not have openings or cutouts that could trap your baby's head</li> <li>check that the mattress fits snugly in the bed frame so that your baby will not become trapped</li> <li>use only minimal amounts of bedding and avoid pillows, blankets, bumper pads, and toys</li> <li>make sure your baby's head will not be covered by any bedding</li> <li>never bed-share with other children in the bed</li> </ul> <p>Do not sleep with your infant if you are a smoker; have been drinking alcohol; or have taken any drugs or medicine that could make you groggy and less responsive to your baby (such as nighttime cough medicines, certain pain medicines, antidepressants, or sleep aids).</p>
Bed-SharingBed-sharing increases the risk of sleep-related deaths, including SIDS. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room-sharing without bed-sharing for the safest sleep environment.
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