If you currently co-sleep, there's a good chance that it didn't start out intentionally. You probably began because of the breastfeeding convenience, or maybe your baby was cranky and only calmed down lying next to you. Perhaps you are well prepared and co-sleep by room sharing, but not bed sharing. But even if you've done all of your research there are still co-sleeping risks you may not know about.
Most experts agree that having your baby sleep on a different surface, (preferably a crib) but in the same room is safest for your baby. Think about how you currently sleep. You probably have one or two pillows, a sheet, a blanket and maybe even a comforter on your bed. None of those are safe for babies. But if you don't bed share, is still considered co-sleeping? The March Of Dimes defines co-sleeping as sleeping close enough to your baby that you can see, hear, touch or smell each other. This means you can still practice co-sleeping, even if your baby doesn't sleep in your bed.
If you are bed sharing and want to continue to do so, you should become aware of all the safety measures you should take and what is considered dangerous. Here are some lesser known co-sleeping risks you may not be aware of.