Pillows, blankets, loose bedding, soft mattresses, etc.
found on an adult bed increase the risk of suffocation and/or strangulation.
Studies show co-sleeping can help increase the duration of breastfeeding, as moms who co-sleep can more easily breastfeed at night, and are more likely to continue long term.
What are the dangers of co sleeping?
Co-sleeping is associated with an increased risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleeping accidents in some circumstances. But there are many reasons why parents choose to have their babies in bed with them.
At what age is it safe to co sleep?
Don’t share a bed with an infant under 4 months of age — a bassinet or crib next to the bed is a better choice. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Are there benefits to co sleeping?
Infants who co-sleep go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. More mothers who co-sleep report feeling better rested. It promotes breastfeeding by making night feedings easier. Some research suggests that infants who co-sleep have stronger emotional relationships with their parents and with other people.