FDA warns about the use of infant sleep positioners

The FDA is now warning parents about infant sleep positioners.

CSPC & FDA Warning is here.

The sleep positioners are made to keep an infant on their back while sleeping but the FDA fears they may be causing more harm then good. ¬†There have been 12 incidences in the last 13 years which doesn’t seem like much compared to SIDS rates but its enough to worry the FDA.

Here are some other ways to prevent SIDS without the use of an infant positioner:

  • Always place your baby to sleep on their back
  • Sleep in the same room as your newborn for the first 6 months
  • Use a firm mattress and keep the crib or bassinet empty of blankets and toys
  • Avoid overheating, the room should be around 65 degrees
  • Use a breathable bumper
  • Use a pacifier. ¬† Don’t worry about putting the pacifier back in a baby’s mouth if it falls out.
  • Use a fan in the room to circulate the air.

-Contributed by Melissa

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Melissa Jarotkiewicz, Editor Melissa received a BS degree in Civil Engineering and is the proud stay at home mother of thing 1 and thing 2. Being the wife of an Air Force pilot means being the only parent for days, weeks and even months at a time. This chaotic and unpredictable life of a military mom calls for some serious retail therapy and Melissa puts her focus on baby gear and unfortunately for her husband the deal-a-day baby sites. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Melissa has lived in FL, OK, WA and just recently moved to Germany. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and watching college football in the fall. Go Irish!

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Melissa Alexander
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I remember looking for a sleep positioner when I was pregnant with my youngest. I really used it with my first more for her to feel like she was being held. She slept much better with the positioner close to her body. When I couldn’t find one, I asked the cashier at Babies R Us and she said that they had discontinued them. We looked everywhere! It got me to thinking of why in the world nobody sold them. What was so dangerous? The only thing I could think of was maybe they are being used incorrectly! Could parents be… Read more »
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