What are the Risk Factors for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)?

  • Sleeping baby on the tummy or side
  • Sleeping baby on a soft surface, e.g. soft mattress, pillow, and waterbed
  • Sleeping baby on a sofa (with or without a parent)
  • Loose, soft and fluffy bedding, including pillows. Doonas, soft toys, cot bumpers or sheepskin (also known as lambswool) anywhere in baby’s sleep environment
  • Sleeping baby with face or head covered
  • Exposing babies to tobacco smoke before birth or after
  • Sleeping baby in an unsafe cot or in an unsafe environment
  • Sharing a sleep surface with a baby can increase the risk of SUDI.

Last modified: 25/7/16