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Study Describes Factors Associated with Infant Deaths on Sofas

A new study, published today in Pediatrics, details the risk to infants put on sofas to sleep.

The study analyzed data on 7,934 sudden infant deaths in 24 states, comparing those that occurred on sofas with those in cribs, bassinets or beds. The findings indicate that there are multiple factors associated with sleep-related sofa deaths, including surface sharing, being found on the side, changing sleep location, and experiencing prenatal tobacco exposure.

The study findings underscore the importance of creating a safe sleep environment. For every nap and every night, infants should be put to sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib – even if the parent is awake.

Read the full study or key findings in this NYTimes article

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