Does Sleeping With Baby on a Sofa or Couch Increase the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy?

Yes. There is a very high risk of a sleeping accident if an adult falls asleep with an infant on a sofa. This is because baby may become wedged into cushions or the back of the sofa and the sleeping person would not notice. Put baby back into his or her own sleeping place before you doze off on a sofa.

Never fall asleep with baby on your chest whilst lying down as this is the same as sleeping the baby in the tummy position.

For further in depth information see our Red Nose Information Statement Sharing a Sleep Surface With a Baby.

Last modified: 12/10/16