According to USA Today, a study has shown that a majority of parents place babies in unsafe sleep environments, which is linked to an increased risk of death.
Sleep-related infant deaths are the most common cause of death for babies between one month and one year of age, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Such deaths include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed.
More than 160 infants were enrolled in the study, though some dropped out before the six month mark. Across the three time periods, 10-21% of babies were placed on a non-recommended sleep surface, 14-33% were placed in non-recommended positions and 87-93% had potentially hazardous items on their sleep surface.