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The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a safety-approved crib or bassinet in the same room with a parent or caregiver. Adult beds are not made for babies and increase the risk of accidental entrapment and suffocation.
Last year in Texas, Child Protective Services investigated 169 infant deaths where bed-sharing (also known as co-sleeping) was a factor. The exact causes of most of those deaths are not known.
- Avoid crevices between the mattress and a wall that could entrap an infant.
- Never sleep with an infant on a soft mattress, couch, recliner, or any soft surface.
- Avoid blankets, stuffed animals, and pillows that could cover a baby's face.
- Don't let other adults or older children sleep with your infant.
- Co-sleeping is especially risky if the adult is:
- Under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Sick, unusually tired, or taking medication that causes sleepiness.
- Very upset or angry.
|Year||Number of Fatalities|
|2015 (As of 05/04/15)||94|
|2014 (As of 08/31/14)||197|
Note: Caseworkers have recorded these numbers during the normal course of investigations. Each year represents a state fiscal year covering September 1st through August 31st.
Total Texas Infant Deaths where Bed-Sharing (Co-Sleeping) was a factor
As of 02/02/15
|Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||6|
|Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||88|
|Under 1 yr||93|
As of 09/08/14
|Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||12|
|Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||185|
|Under 1 yr||193|
|Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||17|
|Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||152|
|Under 1 yr||163|
|Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||28|
|Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||139|
|Under 1 yr||161|
|Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||19|
|Non-Abuse/Neglect Related Fatalities||155|
|Under 1 yr||168|