Bed sharing has many benefits for both baby and parents. Not only does sharing the same bed provide a great bonding opportunity, it makes those dreaded late night feedings a whole lot easier to manage. But for all of the benefits, there are also serious risks involved in sleeping with your baby, including SIDS. If you want to make sure your bed is as safe for your baby as it can be, you should know the ways to reduce the risk of SIDS when you bed share.
As WebMD mentioned, more than 2,000 infants died of SIDS-related deaths in the United States in 2010, with more than 90 percent of the deaths occurring in infants younger than six months. According to Kids Health, bed sharing babies who are premature, have low birth weight, or are younger than four-months-old have the highest risk of SIDS.
If you are planning to share your bed with your baby, it is important to take extra precautions to prevent an accident while you're sleeping. Placing baby to sleep on his back, giving him a pacifier, and removing loose, bulky bedding are just a few simple things you can do to decrease your baby's risk of SIDS immediately. As you are preparing to make room for baby in your bed, do your best to create the safest environment.