Research shows that:
- Babies who sleep on soft surfaces, such as on an adult mattress, a couch, or an armchair, are at higher risk for SIDS and suffocation.
- Babies who sleep under a soft covering, such as a soft blanket or quilt, are at higher risk for SIDS and suffocation.
For these reasons, you should always place your baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface, such as a safety-approved* crib, bassinet, or portable play area. Use tight-fitting bedding, such as a fitted sheet, to help prevent your baby from getting tangled up in the bedding.
Do not use a car seat, carrier, swing, or similar product as your baby's everyday sleep area.
Never place your baby to sleep on soft surfaces, such as on a couch or sofa, or on pillows, comforters, quilts, or sheepskins. Do not place your baby to sleep on a waterbed, sofa, or soft mattress that allows the baby's head to sink into the surface.
Why shouldn't I use crib bumpers in my baby's sleep area?
Bumper pads and similar products that attach to crib slats or sides are frequently used with the intent of protecting infants from injury. However, evidence does not support using crib bumpers to prevent injury. In fact, crib bumpers can cause serious injuries and even death. Keeping them out of your baby's sleep area is the best way to avoid these dangers.
* Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website for more information about crib safety: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/cribs/.