When I read about the FDA stance on sleep positioners this morning, I was particularly troubled. Because although it never really helped, I tried using the one below when my son was an infant – the days when I would have tried anything to get him to sleep. The FDA and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) have warned parents and caregivers against using the sleep positioners, as infants can get stuck in the positioner or between the positioner and the crib or bassinette side and suffocate.
You know what sleep positioners are –some are shaped like a wedge and some are flat mats but they have bolsters on the side to keep babies on their backs when they are sleeping. The manufacturers have made claims stating that the sleep positioners can help infants avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as well as colic and reflux.
In the last 13 years, the FDA and CPSC have received reports of 12 suffocation deaths of infants from 1 – 4 months of age when using the sleep positioners. The CPSC blog has more information if you want to read further. In the meantime, get rid of that sleep positioner, and, of course, remember to put your baby to sleep on his or her back.