Room sharing is when you place your baby to sleep in a crib, cradle or bassinet that is within arm’s reach of where you sleep. International Public Health community recommends room sharing for the first six months of your baby’s life. Research has shown that it is good for babies to share a room with one or more caregivers, and that it may reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Remember that room sharing is not sufficient to ensure a safe sleep for your baby. You should follow all applicable safety tips, including the general sleep safety tips provided in the previous section. In particular:
• Place your baby on his or her back to sleep, both at naptime and at bedtime.
• Avoid using bedside sleeping products with the sides lowered.
• Cords on window blinds, shades and curtains are a strangulation hazard. Tie the cords high and out of your child’s reach. Whether the blind is up or down, make sure your child cannot reach the cords.
• Place your baby’s sleeping area so that hazards like windows, patio doors, lamps, candles, electrical plugs, corded baby monitors, extension cords and small objects are out of your child’s reach.