Safety group warns...."Stop using baby sleep positioners"...see below:
- Baby sleep positioners, a popular product for safety-conscious parents, were supposed to save lives by keeping infants from rolling onto their stomachs. Instead, they are now being added to the growing list of dangerous nursery products, all but banned in an emphatic move by federal regulators recently. Two U.S. safety agencies and the nation's leading pediatricians group warned parents that positioners can trap and suffocate babies and urged families to stop using them immediately.
- The products have been linked to at least a dozen suffocation deaths in the last 13 years, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The products often have foam bolsters on the sides that help keep a baby in one position, but babies can wriggle or roll into unsafe spots. Infants have suffocated on the foam or been trapped between the product and the side of the crib or bassinet.
- Unfortunately, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, the trade group that represents the makers of these products, said its members will continue to produce and sell the products unless there is further action, such as a recall, from the government. While none of these products is subject to a recall at this time, FDA and CPSC officials made it clear they could pursue recalls or other enforcement actions if manufacters and retailers fail to remove them from the market.