CPSC & FDA Warn Against Sleep Positioners

Why did anybody ever think that these were a good idea?!

When did parents get so neurotic about keeping their children sleeping on their backs that they began to resort to what basically amounts to a vise?  Yes, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting babies to sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS, but the risk is considered much less great once babies are able to roll over on their own steam.  If you have one of these ridiculous items, please toss it right away and do not look back!


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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.