Moms have heard countless recommendations related to infant sleeping risks, but new studies keep coming out warning parents again and again. The latest, which looked at 8,207 cases of infant deaths during sleep and was published in Pediatrics, concluded that even when parents take steps to remove unsafe items from their bed, bed-sharing -- also referred to as co-sleeping or sleep-sharing -- remains a risk factor for SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant deaths (such as accidental suffocation and strangulation). In fact, 69 percent of all deaths occurred while infants were bed-sharing.
The lead author of the study, Jeffrey Colvin, a pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri, tells USA Today that so many of the deaths in the study were "in the context of bed sharing" and "there were no other objects in the bed that would have made an additional risk." In other words, he says that it's "impossible" to make co-sleeping safe.