SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Reduce your baby's risk of SIDS
Where Baby Sleeps
Having your baby sleep in the bed with you facilitates breastfeeding and is advocated by those who encourage attachment parenting. Some researchers believe bed sharing reduces the risk of SIDS because parents are more sensitive to their baby’s breathing patterns.
Other experts worry that an infant sleeping with his or her parents may have an increased risk of SIDS due to the extra blankets, sheets, pillows, and people in the bed with the baby.
Whether bed sharing is linked to SIDS is not yet clear. If you are concerned about sharing a bed with your baby but want him close to you, you may try a sidecar arrangement as an alternative—placing your infant’s bassinet, crib, or co-sleeper next to your bed.
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