Keep baby in parents' bedroom -- but in separate bed, pediatricians say

To further reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths in infants, children’s health experts today issued updated safe sleeping guidelines that emphasize the importance of a baby sleeping in the same room — but not the same bed — as the mother.

And in what might be a surprise to many new parents, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging that babies sleep in their parents’ bedrooms for at least the first six months, and, optimally, until the baby is 1 year old.

After reviewing research on sudden infant death syndrome, the AAP is reinforcing previous advice that the safest way to put an infant down to sleep is on the baby’s back and be in a separate bed near the mother.

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