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The Pediatric Forum
November 2000

Should Infants Sleep With Their Parents?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2000;154(11):1171-1173. doi:

"Don't sleep with your baby or put the baby down to sleep in an adult bed." Ann Brown, chair of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voiced this statement in the September 30, 1999, New York Times through a CPSC press release. The release previewed data from an October 1999 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine study entitled "Review of Hazards Associated With Children Placed in Adult Beds."1 The news flew over the Associated Press wires, and emotionally charged commentaries were printed in newspapers and magazines nationwide, a clear indication of the public interest on this issue. Numerous websites espouse the benefits of cosleeping, also reflecting current interest in the family bed concept.2