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Sleep sharing and SIDS: what are the facts?

The truth is that there have been conflicting studies and that’s the cause for all the confusion. In some of the studies on SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, otherwise known as unexpected death by asphyxiation) it’s been shown that the extra people in the bed, pillows, blankets and other items in your bed can put your child at extra risk.
 
Other studies have shown that this is not the case. In fact, some have even shown that parents who sleep share with their children are more in tune with their breathing and more likely to react quicker if their child is in trouble.
 
However, there is proof that sleeping next to a mother who smokes, or on his or her tummy, or accidentally slipping into gaps around your bed will increase your child’s risk of SIDS. The safest way, according to studies, for your baby to sleep is on his or her back and a monitor that alerts you to changes in your baby’s breathing can also be a great investment.

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If you’re struggling to get the sleep you need, then there are ten simple sleep tips that might help.
When it comes to sleep, every new parent needs more, but many struggle to fall asleep when they need to.
When it comes to sleep sharing safety, a lot depends on you and your partner, but studies show that the risk of accidental crushing are low.
If all else fails, arrange with a friend or family member that your baby spend a night with them once a week. This way, you and your partner have a whole night together to enjoy, as you want to, without any interruptions.
The right amount of sleep differs from individual to individual and even between cultures.

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