Kids in the Bed

A government pronouncement on the dangers of co-sleeping deserves a closer look

You've got to love the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nanny to the nation. They're the guys who put those impenetrable safety caps on aspirin bottles and rounded off the corners of our furniture; they're the original authors of WARNING: CONTENTS HOT and THIS LADDER IS TO BE USED FOR CLIMBING. Without the CPSC, Americans wouldn't know the dangers of rickety swing sets, toxic crayons or detachable doll's eyes. Last week the CPSC announced that parents shouldn't allow infants to sleep with them in bed, owing to the risk of suffocation, strangulation or death by "overlying"--when a sleeping parent mistakenly rolls onto...

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