New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise that infants should share the bedroom with their parents for at least the first 6 months. This helps reduce risks of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Infants should NOT sleep in the same bed as their parents.
- Having the infant in view or within reach will help in easy monitoring, feeding and comforting.
- The baby should be put on his or her back on a firm surface away from the parent’s bed, such as a crib or bassinet, with a tight-fitting sheet.
Because moms may sometimes fall asleep during feeding, the AAP recommends keeping the parents’ bed free of pillows, loose sheets, blankets and other soft bedding that could suffocate the baby, she said.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
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