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Study proves again that bed sharing is not safe for newborns!


Study proves again that sleeping with your baby is simply not safe!

A new study was just published that proves once again what we all ready know.  Bed sharing is not the safest way for your baby to sleep.  This latest study states  that infants who “share a bed with their parents during the first 3 months of life are at a 5-fold greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than babies who share their parents’ rooms and sleep in their own beds, according to a British study. The findings hold even if a baby is breastfed and the parents do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs.” The study went on to say that “nearly 90% of SIDS deaths attributed to bed sharing probably would not occur if a baby is placed in its own bed on its back to sleep.”

Parenting is difficult, and I know that those first few months are very difficult.  Most parents say that they never imagined how tired they would be during this newborn phase.  We often talk about ways for new Moms to sneak in a few more minutes of sleep when possible…and it is tempting to take your baby to bed to try to do just that.  This study proves once again why that extra sleep is just not worth the risk to your baby.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has outlined how to provide your baby with the safest sleep environment possible.

  • Always always ALWAYS place your baby on his or her back to sleep.   Back to sleep for naps and bedtime!
  • Your baby’s mattress should be firm and covered by a fitted sheet.  No pillows, quilts, or bumper pads, or other soft items in bed with your baby.  Do not use any sleep positioners.
  • Put your baby in a safe crib, no drop side cribs.  Your crib should meet the current safety standards published in June of 2011.  To read those standards visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
  • Do not allow anyone to smoke around your baby.  Ask smokers to change their shirt before holding your baby.
  • Do not sleep in a bed, on a couch or in an armchair with your child.  If you bring your baby to bed with you to nurse, put him or her back in his or her own bed.
  • Consider using a pacifier when your put your baby to bed.  If you are breastfeeding wait until your child has established  a good nursing pattern.
  • Do not overdress your baby, dress your baby lightly for sleep.  Consider a sleep sack.   Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you.
  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is near you but not with you.  Put your newborn’s bed near your bed.

So…this is one of those parenting “musts”…provide your baby a safe sleep environment.  I know you are tired, but soon you will have a baby who sleeps through the night, I promise.  You will get a good night’s sleep again, at least until the teen years!

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.



  1. Megan S.

    The study addresses a critical question in infant safety and health, but unfortunately with this type of data mining approach the researchers are forced to leave out critical variables in their analysis.

    Link to full article: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/3/5/e002299.full

    Link to the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative statement on the article: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Baby_Friendly/Statements/UNICEF_UK_statement_bed_sharing_research_210513.pdf


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