Thursday, September 30, 2010

Infant Sleep Positioners: Danger STOP Using Them (Recall Notice)

After 12 deaths over 13 years, the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (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.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does NOT support the use of any sleep positioner to prevent SIDS.

Note that it took a lot of deaths over many years to prompt this warning. We suggest that you not adopt new and trendy products for your infant. There are a number of tried and true materials such as the Montessori bed on the floor -- well, it's hard to mess that up -- and using a mat or towel to give your infant lots of "stomach time". Of course, these methods don't leave much for manufacturers to sell, so you will see lots of pressure and advertising for new things. Do not give in! Your infant does not need this stuff and, in the worst case scenario, it can kill him or her. That's a pretty big downside!

If you are using the Montessori method for raising your infant, you will already have not purchased anything like this.

Read more about our traditional Montessori methods for raising infants and toddlers

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