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Bed-sharing is not recommended for any babies.
However, certain situations make bed-sharing even more dangerous. Therefore, you should not bed share with your baby if:
Your baby is younger than 4 months old.
Your baby was born prematurely or with low birth weight.
You or any other person in the bed is a smoker (even if you do not smoke in bed).
The mother of the baby smoked during pregnancy.
You have taken any medicines or drugs that might make it harder for you to wake up.
You drank any alcohol.
You are not the baby's parent.
The surface is soft, such as a waterbed, old mattress, sofa, couch, or armchair.
There is soft bedding like pillows or blankets on the bed.
Note: All of the above recommendations, unless mentioned otherwise, are for babies up to 1 year of age. Talk with your pediatrician if you have questions about any of the recommendations listed.
Information on this webpage has been adapted from healthychildren.org