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Co Sleeping vs. Bed Sharing - Understanding the difference

Co Sleeping, otherwise known as room sharing, is when baby sleeps next to you, in their own sleep space. Typically, a basinett or crib is situated near or beside the bed, allowing parents to be within arms reach or a short distance from baby during bedtime.

Bed Sharing is when baby shares the same sleep space as the parent/parents.

Oftentimes, the two terms are misunderstood and lead to confusion when it comes to safe sleep practices.

The AAP encourages Co Sleeping/Room Sharing for an infants first 6 months of life. Implementing Co Sleeping/Room Sharing has shown a decrease in the risk of SIDS. It also helps alleviate parent anxiety, knowing that baby is close by and can be heard upon wakings.

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