It’s great for your baby to share a room with you for the first 6-12 months of life.
Sharing a room with your baby helps you:
- Have close contact and communication with your baby
- Feed your baby more easily during the night.
- Respond to your baby’s needs quickly.
Be sure to:
- Give your baby her own sleep environment (like a crib) in the room.
- Put him to sleep safely each time.
Unfortunately, co-sleeping (sleeping or sharing a bed with your baby) is considered very unsafe:
- A baby is more likely to suffocate when there are people, blankets, pillows, or other items in bed with her.
- A baby can accidentally get knocked off the bed.
- A baby can get stuck between the bed and the wall or in the corner of a couch.
- There is a strong link between co-sleeping and infant death from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).
The good news: Room-sharing has been proven to reduce the rate of SUID!