Bed sharing is the practice of falling asleep on the same surface as your baby. This practice can be very dangerous and increases the baby’s risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation and accidents during sleep.
Room sharing is the practice of placing babies to sleep near the adult bed, but in his or her own separate space. This protects the baby AND helps make breastfeeding easier. Breastfeeding and bonding in bed are fine, but when it’s time to go to sleep parents and caregivers should place the baby alongside the bed in his or her own separate space.
If we could gain widespread understanding and acceptance of room sharing instead of bed sharing, we could literally save thousands of precious lives each year for generations to come.