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On Monday, the American Association of Pediactrics (AAP) released new sleep guidelines at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, recommending that parents share a room, but not a bed, with their baby, until the child is at least six months old (but ideally for the first full year).

The new guidelines are not drastically different from the ones released in 2011, just more specific in their warnings against using any loose bedding in their cribs. They recommend that babies be placed on their backs on a firm surface, like a cot, and sleep in the same room as their parents. without soft toys, baby bumpers, pillows, or blankets. It might sound like baby prison, but it's just to keep them from accidentally suffocating.

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So, definitely not like this.
So, definitely not like this.

Dr. Rachel Moon, professor of pediatrics at University of Virginia School of Medicine and lead author of the new report, made the following statement:

We know that parents may be overwhelmed with a new baby in the home, and we want to provide them with clear and simple guidance on how and where to put their infant to sleep. Parents should never place the baby on a sofa, couch, or cushioned chair, either alone or sleeping with another person. We know that these surfaces are extremely hazardous.

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Dr. Lori Feldman-Winter, a member of the Task Force on SIDS and co-author of the report, said, "The whole phenomenon of SIDS implies that we don't know 100% what is responsible for the death, but we have theories."

There are 3,500 unexpected infant deaths from SIDS, accidental suffocation, and other unknown causes each year, according to the CDC.