The fact that about 3,500 infants die each year from sleep-related deaths really makes it hard to relax when your baby finally goes down for a nap. Past recommendations from the American Academy Of Pediatrics, such as sleeping on their backs, have helped to reduce these risks. But, the updated guidelines announced this week will hopefully help you get a better night’s sleep. Or day. Whenever your tiny, noisy roommate allows it.
Many of the AAP’s sleep recommendations, which were released back in 2011, remain the same. Babies should still supine it up on a firm surface, with a tight sheet, free of pillows, soft toys, blankets, and any other potential hazards. The big update from the nation’s baby doctors is that parents are now advised to sleep in the same rooms as infants for at least their first 6 months — but ideally a year — and not on the same surface as parents. (Sorry co-sleepers, you were so close.) They’re careful to note falling asleep with your infant on the couch is especially dangerous. So, if you feel yourself dozing during a feeding or football, relocating to your bed is the safer alternative.
According to the AAP, sharing your room can reduce the risk of SIDS up to 50 percent. That makes it totally worth not getting laid for a just a little bit longer. (Although, you’re too tired for that anyways.) And just think, when your baby does turn one, you’ll be able to celebrate by not tripping over the bassinet in the middle of the night.