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What Not to Do - Unsafe Sleep Spaces

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a firm, flat sleep surface for your baby. A crib, portable crib, bassinet, or play yard that follows the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. The mattress should be covered by a tightly fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area.

Unsafe Sleep Spaces
Now that you know where your baby should sleep, do you know where your baby shouldn’t sleep? Sometimes parents unknowingly allow their baby to sleep in a space that is not safe. These items may even be sold as a sleep space or recommended by other parents or health care providers, despite their dangerous risk for sleep-related death.

Below is a list of places that you should not let your baby to sleep. If your baby falls asleep in one of these places, he or she should be moved to a crib or other appropriate flat surface as soon as it is safe and practical.

The following products are not safe for sleep:

  • Infant seats, such as bouncy seats or rocker seats.
  • Inclined sleepers, sometimes called infant sleepers, newborn loungers, or infant nappers. Despite the names, these products are not safe for sleep and many have been recalled.
  • Infant swings or gliders.
  • Baby hammocks.
  • Car seats.
  • Sleep positioners.
  • Moses baskets.

Learn why these products aren’t safe for sleep.

Ask these questions to determine if a product is safe for sleep.