It is the recommendation of First Candle, in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), that the safest place for your baby to sleep, for at least the first six months, is near your bed in his or her own separate space.
Experts warn that there is no evidence to support the notion that bed sharing is somehow protective against SIDS. In fact, there is significant evidence to indicate that bed sharing increases the risk of SIDS, suffocation and accidental deaths.
However, research does show that room sharing (placing your baby in her own separate space, but near your bed) can reduce the risk of SIDS and the potential for accidents such as suffocation, falls from the bed and entrapment between the mattress and the wall, headboard, footboard or other piece of furniture.
First Candle recommends room sharing to maximize the benefits and minimize the dangers associated with bed sharing.
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010