Stats discourage sharing bed with baby

November 11, 2009 1:45:54 PM PST
There are startling new numbers out highlighting the dangers of sharing a bed with a baby. An investigation in Texas by the child protective services is revealing that 160 babies die each year from suffocation of strangulation while sleeping with family members.

And a Dallas Morning News analysis shows that Saturday is the deadliest night by far, leading doctors to suspect that parent's alcohol use plays a role.

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have cautioned against bed-sharing with infants because of studies linking co-sleeping with sudden infant death syndrome. Still, many parents across the country believe that they and the baby get more rest when sharing a bed.

Pediatricians say babies are always safest sleeping in their own bed.