Warnings have been issued by both the Food and Drug Administration as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission against use of the popular sleep positioning products for babies. The positioners, which were designed with the intent to increase the safety of a sleeping infant, have now been blamed for two deaths this year.
There have been a reported 12 total deaths in the U.S. as a result of the sleep positioner since the product was released 13 years ago.
The sleep aid is marketed as a device that is placed in the crib and prevents the baby from turning over. The positioner claims to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and reduce acid reflux in babies, helping them sleep better.
Inez Tenenbaum, who is the Chairman of the CPSC stated that parents “stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep.”
Now the question becomes, are infants actually safer with the positioners or without? The FDA is now requesting statistics from producers of the infant positioners to show whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
The FDA also warns to not put blankets or pillows in the crib with infants. A bare crib is the safest crib for a newborn. It is also recommended that a baby always sleep on their back.