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Babies Who Sleep in Their Own Rooms at Four Months Sleep Better

Babies Who Sleep in Their Own Rooms at Four Months Sleep Better.
The study randomized the mothers into two groups – those who were encouraged to consider moving their child to sleep in a separate room, and those who were given information about safe sleep habits in regards to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), including the recommendation for babies to sleep in the parents’ room.
The researchers found that despite the differing advice given the two sets of mothers, sleep locations did not differ significantly between either group.
What they did find, however, was a difference in how long the infants’ nighttime sleep stretches were.
At four months, 62 percent of the infants were sleeping in their own room, and the remainder with their parents.
The group who slept independently, however, consolidated their sleep better at four months of age.
Recommending room-sharing past this age can lead to poorer sleep without lowering the risk of SIDS.
The first study the AAP cites in its recommendation found that infants who died of SIDS at over four months of age were actually more likely to be room-sharing.
Parents of difficult sleepers may find it easier to keep their child next to them in the middle of the night, whereas the moms and dads of babies who naturally sleep for long stretches may feel more comfortable moving them into their own room.
But it is possible that parents can move their infants into their own room without fearing any increased risk of SIDS earlier than previously thought.