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Bed sharing, also known as co-sleeping or co-bedding, refers to a caregiver sleeping in the same bed as an infant. This practice takes place in many cultures including the United States. In this month’s JAMA Pediatrics, a large research study found that between 1993 and 2010 the number of US caregivers who bed share with infants had increased from 6% to 13.5%.
For parents who decide to bed share, there are several safety practices to consider:
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Moreno MA. The Controversial but Common Practice of Bed Sharing. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(11):1088. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.4150
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