Room Sharing, not Bed Sharing
It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents' room, close to the parents' bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
Infants who are brought into the bed for feeding or comforting should be returned to their own crib or bassinet when the parent is ready to return to sleep.
Circumstances that substantially increase the risk of SIDS or unintentional injury or death while bed-sharing:
- Bed-sharing with an infant younger than 4 months
- Bed-sharing with a current smoker (event if he or she does not smoke in bed)
- Bed-sharing with someone who is impaired in alertness because of fatigue, sedating medications or alcohol
- Bed-sharing with anyone who is not the infant's parent, including non-parental caregivers and other children (even twins or higher-order multiples)
- Bed-sharing on a soft surface, such as a waterbed, old mattress, sofa, couch, or armchair
- Bed-sharing with soft bedding accessories, such as pillows and blankets