Recalls & Product Warnings

New Safety Standards for Infant Bedside Sleepers

To prevent deaths and injuries to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently approved a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of bedside sleepers.

A bedside sleeper is a bassinet-type product that is secured to an adult bed, has fabric or hard sides and may have a lower side adjacent to the adult mattress.

The Consumer Product and Safety Commission has received a total of 27 product-related safety incident reports associated with bedside sleepers dating from January 2001 to May 2013. These incident reports include four fatalities which were associated with fabric-sided openings on the products.

The new rules require the three sided fabric sleepers to have the same safety features as bassinets.  They correct problems with the fabric side of the sleeper that collapses, and safety problems when the sleeper has missing parts or is put together the wrong way.  The rules will take effect on July 15, 2014.

Parents who use beside sleepers should be aware of these issues, and of the fact that bedside sleepers are not safe for infants over 5 months of age, or who can push up onto their hand and knees.  As it is not uncommon for parents to be given “used” baby equipment, parents should be aware of potential safety issues using bedside sleepers made before the new standards come into effect.

Please do not hesitate to talk to your doctor, PA or nurse if you have any questions.

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

www.cpsc.gov

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Warning on Infant Sleep Positioners

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended that parents and caretakers stop using infant sleep positioners. Over the past 13 years, the CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infant deaths due to suffocation in a sleep positioner, or from suffocation after being trapped between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.

In addition to the reported deaths, the 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 their sleep positioner.

The two main types of infant sleep positioners are flat mats with side bolsters or inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters.  Both types of sleep positioners may claim to help keep infants on their backs and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, the FDA has never cleared infant sleep positioners to prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS. In fact, the CPSC and the FDA are unaware of any scientific studies demonstrating that infant positioners prevent SIDS.

CPSC and the FDA are warning parents and child care providers to:

  • STOP using sleep positioners. Using a positioner to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep is dangerous and unnecessary.
  • NEVER put pillows, infant sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib.
  • ALWAYS place an infant on his or her back at night and during nap time. To reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing infants to sleep on their backs and not their sides.

In additon, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not support the use of any sleep positioner to prevent SIDS.

For more information please go to:

CPSC: Consumer Blog

FDA: Infant Sleep Positioners Pose Suffocation Risk (Consumer article)

FDA: Infant Positioner Initial Communication

AAP: Policy Statement on SIDS