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Room-Sharing vs. Bed-Sharing

Making Safe Sleep Choices for Your Little Ones

As parents engage in discussions about co-sleeping and seek the best sleep arrangement for their little ones, let's dive into the topic. We’ll explore the nuances of co-sleeping,

gathering insights from reputable sources like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other child health organizations.  With a thorough understanding and a focus on safety, we can confidently make informed decisions about sharing a sleeping space with our precious bundles of joy.

What’s the difference between co-sleeping and bed-sharing?

While the idea of nestling close to little ones may seem innocent, it's crucial to recognize the associated risks. The term "co-sleeping" often gets used interchangeably with "bed- sharing" but they’re not exactly the same thing - complicating the task for you to identify the healthiest choice for your family.

So, let’s dig into the differences between the two:

Bed-sharing involves sleeping in the same bed as your baby or sharing the same sleeping surface.

On the other hand, co-sleeping means being in close proximity to your baby, sometimes in the same bed (bed-sharing) and sometimes nearby in the same room (room-sharing).

Bed-sharing is NOT a healthy practice according to reputable sources like the AAP, as it increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Watch our "Dangers of Co-Sleeping" video to proactively avoid the risk of SIDS.

While bringing your baby into bed might be tempting, bed-sharing can present its own set of challenges. It poses significant risks, leading to sleep-related deaths in infants. Why? Soft bedding, loose items, and the potential for rolling over onto the baby increase the risks associated with bed-sharing. It's crucial to avoid the temptation and provide a safe sleep environment for your little one.

When Should Your Little One Leave Your Nest?

When to stop room-sharing depends on your family's preference, typically recommended around 6 to 12 months. Research suggests that as babies grow, both infants and parents tend to sleep less soundly when sharing a room. If everyone is content with the current arrangement, room-sharing can continue. However, if you desire more privacy or sense that more space would improve sleep quality, transitioning your little one to their own room is a reasonable choice.

Co-sleeping is a subject that might be as confusing as choosing the best Easter candy. The key is to prioritize safety and make informed decisions that ensure a better, safer night's sleep for the whole family. If you need guidance on this parenting journey, consult your pediatrician to find the healthiest solution for your little bunny bundle.

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