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The Pediatric Forum
May 2000

Bed Sharing Is Not a "Consumer Product"

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(5):529-530. doi:

The article by Nakamura, Wind, and Danello1 from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) provides important data on hazards associated with children placed in adult beds. A strong case is made that young children should not be left to sleep alone in adult beds. Their findings also support educating parents to minimize entrapment potential and to avoid soft bedding, alcohol, and other drugs. However, the authors' recommendation that "children younger than 2 years should sleep in cribs"1(p1023) effectively eliminates bed sharing and other forms of co-sleeping as options for parents. This recommendation oversteps the bounds of the evidence presented and the appropriate role of the CPSC.

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