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Share the room, not the bed! 2 out of 3 babies who died while sleeping were sharing an adult bed, couch or chair.

Parents or caregivers should never nap on a couch or chair while holding their baby. Always make sure your child is placed in a crib or play yard with a firm mattress.

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep, but not in your bed. Place the baby’s crib or bassinet near your bed (within arm’s reach). This makes it easier to breastfeed and bond with your baby. See an example of this.

There is no proven safe way to share the bed with your child because:

  • You can accidentally roll too close to or onto baby while they sleep.
  • Your baby can become covered by a bedspread or blanket and suffocate.
  • Babies can get trapped between the mattress and the wall, headboard, footboard or other piece of furniture.
  • Your baby could fall from the bed and get hurt or fall into a pile of clothing or other soft items on the floor and suffocate.


Page Updated: 07/27/2017