The most dangerous place for your baby to sleep is the sofa, according to a 2014 study. Of over 9,000 sleep-related infant deaths between 2004 and 2012, nearly 13 percent occurred on a sofa—most in babies under three months old, according to research published in Pediatrics.
The study authors found several risk factors for the infants who died: They were more likely to be sleeping with another person on the sofa and also more likely to be placed face-down or on their side (the safest sleep position for babies is on their back). The researchers stressed that even for napping, the sofa is a dangerous place for babies to sleep.
Other ways to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS include: breastfeeding as long as possible, offering a pacifier during naps and bedtime, staying up-to-date on childhood vaccinations, keeping your baby's room at a comfortable temperature (so she doesn't overheat) and never smoking around your baby or exposing her to second-hand smoke.