Should babies sleep in their parents’ room?

The best place for a baby to sleep may not be what you think as a new study challenges the prevailing recommendations of health experts.

Analyzing surveys from 230 first-time mothers, Dr. Ian Paul, a professor in pediatrics at Penn State University, found that infants slept for longer stretches if they didn’t sleep in the same bedroom as their parents, CNN reported.

That breaks from the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The group advocates that parents share a room — but not a bed — with their infants for at least six months and preferably until they reach their first birthday.

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The guidelines from the pediatric group were meant to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, which may occur while an infant is sleeping.

Although there’s evidence to recommend parents sharing their room with infants ages 3 to 6 months, data don’t support continuing the practice beyond that age, Paul said, according to CNN. Research has shown that nine out of 10 SIDS deaths happen before the age of 6 months, with the majority happening between 1 and 4 months.

CNN also noted that research has shown that babies who sleep poorly can have a big impact on parents’ stress and mental health. In addition, poor infant sleep been linked to problems for older children, such as behavioral issues and childhood obesity.

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