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Room Sharing vs. Co-Sleeping

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:

  1. Have close contact and communication with your baby
  2. Feed your baby more easily during the night.
  3. Respond to your baby’s needs quickly.

Be sure to:

  1. Give your baby her own sleep environment (like a crib) in the room.
  2. Put him to sleep safely each time.

Unfortunately, co-sleeping (sleeping or sharing a bed with your baby) is considered very unsafe:

  1. A baby is more likely to suffocate when there are people, blankets, pillows, or other items in bed with her.
  2. A baby can accidentally get knocked off the bed.
  3. A baby can get stuck between the bed and the wall or in the corner of a couch.
  4. 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!


Parents and caregivers – we hope you find what you’re looking for here. Whether it’s tips on sleeping, feeding, developmental milestones, or many other topics, we have information for you! Visit again soon, as we update these tips often.




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