Pediatricians: Babies should sleep in same room as parents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents’ bedroom at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death.

The new recommendations say babies should sleep on a separate surface, in a crib or bassinet and never on something soft. The guidelines say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, preferably until they’re a year old. The AAP says room-sharing lessens the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by as much as 50 percent.

Other recommendations include always placing a baby on its back to sleep and avoiding use of crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys.

The AAP says about 3,500 infants suffer sleep-related deaths every year in the U.S.

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