The American Academy of Pediatrics decided to review the rules for proper baby sleep practices. This decision was made after a study showed there are still a lot of children who die due to the infant death syndrome, SIDS. According to the health officials, if you want to your baby to be safe, you should keep him in the same room with you. However, he should have his own bed.
There are more than 3500 babies who die every year due to SIDS in the United States. Most of these deaths happen by accident, due to suffocation while the child was in bed. If you will sleep in the same room, the chances of SIDS are reduced by 50 percent. However, do not forget that we are talking about sleeping in the same room, not in the same bed.
According to the health officials, the room sharing should happen for at least six months or until the baby will be one-year-old. Moreover, do not let your infant on the couch or a soft surface. There were a lot of cases where babies died while sleeping on the couch with their parents. You would be surprised to see how babies can use their arms to fall from a couch.
If you want your child to be safe, you should use a bed made especially for him, on a flat surface. Moreover, do not let him sleep with stuffed animals or blankets because these things could also be dangerous.
A lot of people think that keeping the baby in the same bed will them will not only make things easier, but it is also a proof of love. We know that being a parent can be difficult, especially until the baby is one-year-old. He needs a lot of attention, no matter the hour. You could feel tired to get up from your bed and feed the infant, but if you want to avoid SIDS, it is the right thing to do.
When you have the baby is the same room with you, you can take action faster if something wrong happens to him. Moreover, it is better to have the infant closer during the night. A lot of accidents can happen while the baby is sleeping.
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