There are many things that keep new parents up at night — both figuratively and literally. Although it’s relatively rare, many parents are understandably fearful of sudden infant death syndrome (also known as SIDS), which appears to be caused by the spontaneous cessation of breathing in an otherwise healthy baby. This week, new information emerged about how to protect infants against SIDS.
In a policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the organization recommends that newborns sleep in their parents’ bedrooms for at least the first six months, and ideally the first year, of their lives.
They are at the highest risk between the ages of one and four months, but soft bedding remains dangerous after the four-month mark because it can lead to accidental strangulation.
This is the first time since 2011 that the academy has updated its recommendations for the prevention of sleep-related deaths among infants. A simple change to a baby’s sleeping arrangements could potentially be life-saving, and new parents will undoubtedly welcome this new knowledge.