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Choosing Cosleeping & Other Sleep Safety Tips

Keeping your baby close at night is a hot-button issue. Although the terms cosleeping and bedsharing have at times been used interchangeably, the difference is crucial to your infant's safety. Learn the safest ways to keep your sleeping child nearby.
baby sleeping What Is Safe?

Cosleeping -- not to be confused with bedsharing -- is when parents keep their baby at a close distance while sleeping, such as having the child sleep in a crib next to the parents' bed. "Everyone should have their own sleeping environment," says Abby Collier, project manager of the Child Death Review program at the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends having your baby's crib within an arm's reach of your bed for safety as well as for ease of breastfeeding and bonding for the first six months. Such proximity can help you monitor your baby, making it easier and faster to respond to any situation.