Infants and young children should not sleep in inappropriately constructed or placed beds, couches, cots or infant furniture, according to a study in the December 1994 Archives of Disease in Childhood.

The study investigated 30 infant-and child-asphyxiation deaths in Australia resulting from wedging, strangling or asphyxiation in dangerous sleep environments. Specific dangers included: poorly fitting mattresses with gaps along the sides; plastic mattress and pillow covers; use of adult beds for infants; couches, broken cots and cots with elastic-mesh sides; rocking cradles with sharp tilt angles and/or faulty locking devices; beds with hooks or catches; beds within reach of curtain cords; and loosely harnessed child-safety seats, push chairs and baby bouncers.

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