Pediatricians: Babies should sleep in same room as parents

FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Keyshla Rivera smiles at her newborn son Jesus as registered nurse Christine Weick demonstrates a baby box before her discharge from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia on Friday, May 6, 2016. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new recommendations for safe infant sleeping on Oct. 24, 2016. They call for parents to keep infants in the same bedroom as them at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this May 6, 2016, file photo, Keyshla Rivera smiles at her newborn son Jesus as registered nurse Christine Weick demonstrates a baby box before her discharge from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia on Friday, May 6, 2016. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new recommendations for safe infant sleeping on Oct. 24, 2016. They call for parents to keep infants in the same bedroom as them at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -€” The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents’ bedroom at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death.

The new recommendations say babies should sleep on a separate surface, in a crib or bassinet and never on something soft. The guidelines say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents, preferably until they’re a year old. The AAP says room-sharing lessens the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by as much as 50 percent.

Other recommendations include always placing a baby on its back to sleep and avoiding use of crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys.

The AAP says about 3,500 infants suffer sleep-related deaths every year in the U.S.