The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued Safety Warning advising parents and caregivers to stop using infant sleep positioners.
From the CSPC Statement
Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.
Most of the infants suffocated after rolling from a side to stomach position. In addition to the reported deaths, CPSC has received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners.
According to the CSPC Chairman Inez Tenebaum, “The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC. We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep.”
We never used a sleep positioner, but I think they are somewhat popular. For obvious reasons, we won’t be included Infant Sleep Positioners on the Baby Shopping Guide.
Please spread the word about this Safety Warning to friends and family with infants.