Because of the risks involved, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warn against bed-sharing. The AAP does recommend the practice of room-sharing without bed-sharing. Sleeping in the parents’ room but on a separate surface lowers a baby’s risk of SIDS.
What guidelines do parents/caregivers need to follow when putting a baby down to sleep?
Use a firm, flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib , covered by a fitted sheet. Keep your baby’s sleep area (for example, a crib or bassinet) in the same room where you sleep until your baby is at least 6 months old, or ideally, until your baby is one year old.
When should I stop sharing my bed with my baby?
When to Stop Co-Sleeping
The AAP advises against co-sleeping at any time, especially when the child is younger than four months old. The organization also recommends that babies sleep in the same room as their parents, in a crib or bassinet, for at least six months, but preferably a year.
No. We do not recommend that babies sleep on soft surfaces such as pods or nests. If you choose to co-sleep with your baby the safest place is a clear space on a firm flat mattress the same as we would advise with a cot.
It is not safe to share a bed with your infant or toddler. The AAP recommends creating a solo sleeping space for your child, which includes: Putting your infant in a supine sleeping position (on their back) Placing them on a firm surface like a quality mattress.
What is a safe sleeping environment for a baby?
Make a Safe Place to Sleep
A safe crib is a bassinet, play-yard or crib that has the spindles no wider than 2-3/8 inches apart and sides that do not drop down. Never use soft bedding, comforters, pillows, loose sheets, blankets, sheepskins, toys, positioners or bumpers in the crib or sleep area.
Is it OK that my newborn sleeps on his side?
Side sleeping is usually safe once your baby is older than 4 to 6 months and rolls over on their own after being placed on their back. And always put your baby to sleep on their back until the age of 1 year. Tell your baby’s pediatrician if you notice a preference for side sleeping in the first three months.
How do I get my baby to sleep in her bed after co-sleeping?
For the first main approach, simply put her down awake in her crib after the bedtime routine, leave the room, then return as often as you would like and give her a consistent verbal response like, “goodnight, I love you.” Do this consistently until she falls asleep.
Is it illegal to sleep with your baby in bed?
Although it is not currently illegal to practice bed-sharing, the aim of these laws and current litigation is to prevent parents from ever starting. The goal that prosecutors claim is that the threat of conviction will stop parents from bringing their babies in bed, which in turn lowers the risk of infant death.
More moms are choosing to share a bed with their infants. Since 1993, the practice in the U.S. has grown from about 6 percent of parents to 24 percent in 2015.