The American Academy of Pediatrics endorses and accepts as its policy the position on bed sharing as articulated below by a panel of experts convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).* The Panel attended a conference sponsored by the NICHD entitled “Infant Sleep Environment and SIDS Risk” in Bethesda, MD, on January 9–10, 1997. After hearing presentations from a variety of experts from the United States and several other countries, the Panel prepared the following statement regarding the relationship of bed sharing and SIDS.

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