New report from AAP says infants should sleep in parents room during first year to decrease chance of SIDS

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says babies should sleep in their parents room for the first year of their lives.

The group released those new findings in an effort to combat SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. According to the CDC, SIDS kills 3,500 babies across the country every year.

The new report from the AAP states evidence shows sharing a room with parents and baby can reduce the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent. The report recommends doing this for the first year of a babies life, especially the first 6 months.

Babies and parents still shouldn’t sleep in the same bed, the group recommends infants sleep on a separate surface, like a crib.

A local doctor says he was surprised by the new recommendation and impressed with the evidence.

“Having a baby sleeping in your room right next to you, you have the ability observe them in real time. Certainly a lot of folks today have room cameras and such but I think that they are not to the same degree and sensitivity as having a baby right there,” said Donald Pickhardt, MD, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo Department of Pediatrics Chairman.

Doctor Pickhardt says that the new recommendations also promote more successful breast feeding because it makes it easier for mom to get to her baby when they’re in the same room. He says it’s also important to keep the infants crib completely plain with a firm mattress, tight fitting sheet and no bumpers, blankets, or stuffed animals.

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