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Where does/did your baby take naps?

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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Most Dangerous Spot for Baby to Sleep Revealed

baby sleeping on sofa

Laying baby down on the sofa may seem a lot easier than taking them all the way to their crib for a midday nap. But the latest news on baby sleep may change the way you handle nap time for good. A new study, published in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics, looked at infant deaths and found that a shocking number of babies are dying during their naps -- more specifically, dying when they nap on the couch

After looking into data from 2004 to 2012, researchers determined that 12 percent of infant deaths were sofa-related. That means that just about one in eight SIDS and infant sleep-related deaths occurs right there in the living room!

Throughout the eight years of research, scientists found that 1,024 deaths were attributed to the sofa. Infants who died sleeping on a couch were nearly twice as likely to die from suffocation or strangulation as babies who died sleeping elsewhere in the house.

But why are sofas so dangerous? The research showed that there are four main causes. Most often, infants were found to have either changed their entire sleep location or were found sleeping on their side. Other times, SIDS occurred because they were sharing the space with another person. And finally, prenatal tobacco exposure, which is already a predominant risk factor for SIDS, was linked to sofa sleeping.

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When all of those are compounded, the risk for SIDS is even higher.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants should sleep on firm and flat surfaces. Sofas, on the other hand, are the exact opposite of that. The fluffy cushions (which are great to recline on during family movie night) are often packed with pillows and blankets. And the rounded curves of the seating cushions (and the back ones too) mean that babies can easily roll into dangerous spaces. These can lead to breathing problems for babies, especially if they've rearranged their position or moved from their original place.

And if you thought that co-sleeping with your baby on the sofa was safer, it's not. A large portion of the deaths in the study occurred when babies were wedged between the cushion and another body, multiple cushions, or under an adult. No matter the form, it's all bad news.

So moms and dads, watch out! The crib is there for a reason. It may seem cozy to have the baby snooze on the couch, or to join them for a little siesta, but let this serve as a warning. A properly arranged crib really is the way to go.

Where does/did your baby take naps? 


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by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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by Angel on Oct. 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM
In a crib n toddler bed.
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 15, 2014 at 12:43 PM

In a cradle or a crib.  Mine took naps downstairs a lot in a cradle.  I wanted noise around and to have them sleep when the tv was on and phones ringing.  They sleep better when they learn to sleep with noise around. 

by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Kaden ,the baby, in his swing. Kam , the 3 year old in his bed. We love nap time because momma takes a nap too! LOL

by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 2:32 PM

DD naps on her bed or on the living room floor.

by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM
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Ok well not to sound ridiculous but they have to die somewhere. 1in8 doesnt mean they wouldn't pass in their crib. Ijs
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 15, 2014 at 6:14 PM
In there crib or bed now. Im very against co-sleeping. I don't believe kids or babies get the sleep they need unless they are in there own bed. I think parents don't get good sleep either if they are sleeping with a child.
by Bronze Member on Oct. 15, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Naps were usually, where ever they fell asleep.

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