There are many hidden hazards associated with placing infants and babies on adult beds. Deaths of children under age 2 associated with features of adult beds include entrapment, a fall, soft bedding or the position of the child on the bed.

Many parents and caregivers are unaware that there are hidden hazards when placing babies on adult beds. Consumers often think that if an adult bed is pushed against a wall, or pillows are placed along the sides of the bed, small babies will be safe as they sleep.

Babies placed on adult beds risk suffocation from several hidden hazards such as:

  • entrapment between the bed and wall, or between the bed and another object
  • entrapment involving the bed frame, headboard or footboard
  • falls from adult beds onto piles of clothing, plastic bags, or other soft materials resulting in suffocation
  • suffocation in soft bedding (such as pillows or thick quilts and comforters)

Safety tips

  • always place the baby to sleep on his or her back, not on its stomach
  • when using a crib, make sure it meets current safety standards, has a firm, tight-fitting mattress and tight-fitting bottom sheet
  • when using a portable crib or playpen, be sure to use only the mattress or pad provided by the manufacturer