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Should Your Baby Really Sleep in the Same Room as You?

Recent guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first six months of their lives had a lot of parents worried that sleep would be impossible to come by during that period.

“The academy said that sharing a room could cut babies’ chance of dying in their sleep by “up to 50 percent.” Suffocation, strangulation or sudden infant death syndrome, known as SIDS, kills 3,500 babies a year in this country. The academy’s previous recommendations — place babies on their backs to sleep, without loose bedding, in their own cribs — have been an undisputed success in helping to cut SIDS deaths by 53 percent from 1992 to 2001, but SIDS is still the largest cause of infant mortality in the United States after the first month of life.”

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