The AAP does recommend room sharing for the first 6 months of a child’s life, though, as this safe practice can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS. Regardless of age, there are certain situations when co-sleeping is ill advised and dangerous.
Is it safe to co-sleep with a 1 year old?
At a toddler’s age of one to two years old, they can roll over and free themselves in case they are trapped in the bed. As a child gets older, it becomes less risky to co-sleep, but it’s still best for them to sleep on their own.
When can a baby sleep in the same bed as you?
The AAP says babies up to 1 year of age should sleep in the same room as their parents. They say this arrangement can reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 50 percent. However, the AAP recommends against babies under 1 year of age sleeping in the same bed as their parents.
Why do babies sleep better in parents bed?
Research shows that a baby’s health can improve when they sleep close to parents. In fact, babies that sleep with parents have more regular heartbeats and breathing. They even sleep more soundly. And being close to parents is even shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Why can’t a baby sleep with parents?
Bed-sharing: This is when parents and infants sleep together in a bed. This has raised concerns because bed-sharing with an infant increases the risk sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).