About 3,500 babies tragically die every year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
While this syndrome has been characterized by the unexplained death of children under one year old, a new report may finally shed light on how parents can successfully prevent their infants from falling victim.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sharing a room with your infant until he or she is six months old could effectively save their life, likely because this makes it easier to stop anything potentially deadly from happening to them.
Discussed during the AAP national conference in San Francisco, the report states that the risk of SIDS can be reduced by up to 50 percent when new parents sleep in the same room as their baby.
The reason for the six-month sleeping period is because the SIDS risk is at its highest at that time.
However, the report stresses that infants should sleep on a separate surface from their parents, unlike the picture below. This helps them avoid accidental suffocation, strangulation, and becoming trapped in an adult bed.
It also states that babies should sleep on their backs in their cribs with only a tightly-fitted sheet. Any soft, loose bedding like pillows, sheets, or blankets could potentially suffocate them. This extends to couches and cushioned chairs as well.
I definitely know what I’ll be doing if I ever decide to have children. Did you practice this with your newborn? Let us know in the comments!