When should babies sleep in their own rooms? Babies age 6 months and older sleep longer when in their own bedroom, study suggests Laura Sanders 7: We put our tiny new roommate in a crib near our bed though other containers that were flat, firm and free of blankets, pillows or stuffed animals would have worked, too.
The advice aims to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Studies suggest that in their first year of life, babies who bunk with their parents but not in the same bed are less likely to die from SIDS than babies who sleep in their own room. Room sharing also makes sense from a logistical standpoint. But babies get older. That makes it hard to say how protective room sharing is for babies between 6 and 12 months of age.
But a new study raises a reason why babies ought to get evicted before their first birthday: They may get more sleep at night in their own rooms. Babies who were sleeping in their own rooms at ages 4 or 9 months got more nighttime sleep than babies the same ages who roomed with parents, researchers reported online June 5 in Pediatrics.
The team asked hundreds of mothers to take sleep surveys when their children were 4, 9, 12 and 30 months old.
At 9 months, babies who had been sleeping alone since 4 months of age slept an average of 40 minutes more than room sharers. The researchers found no differences in sleep duration between the groups of babies at age 12 months. The former room sharers were making up for missed nighttime sleep with naps.
Parents who want their babies age 6 months and older to sleep in their own room ought to be encouraged to make the move, says study coauthor Ian Paul, a pediatrician at Penn State. Babies and adults alike experience brief arousals during sleep. There was another difference that turned up between the two groups of babies. Bed sharing is a big risk factor for sleep-related infant deaths.
She and coauthors point out in an accompanying commentary that other factors might be behind the difference in sleep between the two groups of babies.
For instance, babies who slept in their own room were more likely to have consistent bedtime routines, be put to bed drowsy but awake, and have bedtimes of 8 p.
This way you will receive my breastfeeding articles right in your inbox when I post them. And glow in the dark ones are much easier to find in the wee hours! Over time, she'll adjust to the idea of spending the night in it.
Some things are clear, like putting your baby to sleep on her back on a flat, firm surface clear of objects and having your baby nearby during the first six months. But other decisions come with skimpier science, and whether to evict your 6-month-old is one of them.
Because science can take you only so far, it may just come down to the snoring, stirring and sleep deprivation.
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