Parents react to 'room-sharing' with babies

There's a new report that recommends for infants to sleep in the same room as parents to lower the risk of sleep related deaths. (Oct. 24, 2016)

According to a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, "room-sharing" with babies up to a year lowers the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

According to the group, approximately 3,500 infants die each year from sleep-related deaths in the U.S.

We talked to some newborn parents to get their thoughts on the report.

"Chris, my husband, has been pushing for right now, six months, because we did that with our daughter but with this new study we have to have a conversation maybe we have to do it closer to a year," said Kerry Sokol.

"When you have the baby they've been inside you to think of putting them in a crib in a separate room away it didn't sit well with me," said Carina Parks.

However, another parent we talked to said mom's rest is more important.

"Being able to get more sleep as a mom really helped, and I think it made me better, and I found that she naps better and gets into a routine," said Ashley Fields.

She also makes sure her baby is safe in the other room. She has a camera and her baby sleeps in a DockATot, which prevents a baby from rolling over.

Some parents who agree with the new report say there are benefits like a stronger bond.

We reached out to a Sacramento State professor with a background in pediatric nursing. She said the report is interesting but wanted to remind people that it isn't encouraging co-sleeping but rather sharing the same room with a baby.

 

(© 2016 KXTV)


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