If you’ve been scrolling through social media lately, you’re probably familiar with the following photo: A father, deep asleep, with his baby dozing on his chest.
When we see these kinds of posts, it’s easy to coo over how adorable these pictures are.
In fact, these fathers are often hailed as “super dads” for letting mum have a break while clearly exhausted themselves.
But when you really think about it, the problem becomes clear: Falling asleep with a baby on you is not a good idea
Unintentionally drifting off with a baby is known as “accidental co-sleeping” or “reactive co-sleeping,” says midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies.
And the issue doesn’t just relate to dads, but also sleep-deprived mums and carers.