The AAP recommends infants share a parents’ room, but not a bed, “ideally for a year, but at least for six months” to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
All of these are excellent recommendations. There was one major change, however, that got my attention: the new recommendation that parents room share but not bed share for AT LEAST six months, and ideally up to one year of age, claiming that this could reduce the risk of babies dying in their sleep by “up to 50%”.
When and how to start room-sharing
Consider keeping your newborn’s crib or bassinet in your room during the early months. Having your new baby room-share with you for at least the first six months is actually recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help prevent SIDS.
Can you put baby in own room before 6 months?
Official guidelines tell parents to keep babies in the parent(s) room until they are 6 months old. This is because the risk of SIDS (cot death) is greater for babies who sleep on their own compared to sleeping in the presence of an adult.
How do I get my toddler and baby to sleep in the same room?
To make this work, plan on doing each child’s bedtime routine — putting on pajamas, reading stories, cuddling — in a room other than the one they will be sleeping in to minimize disruptions. Other options to consider: putting the heaviest sleeper to bed first to avoid rousing the sleeping sibling.
How do you sleep train a baby with a toddler in the same room?
Coaching Siblings Who Share a Room
If your baby and older sibling are going to share a room, sleep coach the baby first. Then move him in to the older sibling’s room. That may mean you modify the Shuffle. Sleep coach your baby in the crib in your room where they may be sleeping already.