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It's a heartbreaking situation that no parent wants to happen. But perfectly healthy infants are dying at alarming rates at the hands of their caregivers.

Co-sleeping is controversial and every parent seems to have their own opinion. But most medical professional agree the safest place for a baby is in a crib.

Still many parents want that close contact and bond so they turn to alterative items, like this co-sleeper or sleepers said to mimic the womb.

And it's happening more. In the past two months St. Louis Children's Hospital says seven babies have died because of co-sleeping with parents or unsafe sleeping conditions.

Dr. F Sessions Cole says parents should recognize the difference between bed-sharing and room sharing.

Co-sleeping isn’t the only concern, suffocation deaths are also on the rise and while many parent do lay their baby in a crib on a firm mattress, stuffed animals, bumper cribs and blankets can all be deadly.

Jeanne Giebe teaches new parents proper sleep techniques and says sleep sacks can be used to avoid suffocation. Giebe says it's important for parents to communicate with caregivers and family members.

Experts say using products marketed to prevent roll over accidents aren't safe either and sleeping in swings is also problematic.