Do not use sleep positioners

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Billie - posted on 12/02/2010

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I only think it's hazardous when used improperly. I only used one for my daughter while she was unable to move on her own because I liked her to sleep on her side. I would swaddle her and use the positioner to keep her on her side during naptimes and bedtime. That's because I have a friend who's daughter stopped breathing because she was laying on her back, spit up, and choked on it so much she stopped breathing. My friend couldn't do anything and had to call 911.



I discussed all of this early on with my doctor and they approved it. I plan on doing the same thing with my next child, who is due Jan 2nd :)



I think the only danger in using these is when parents don't use it correctly. They're not made for use in infants who can roll around, and that's how these children are being hurt. My daughter didn't even roll over for the first time until she was 4 months old and I had already stopped using the positioner at that time. I fully intend on using one with my next daughter due soon.

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Marta - posted on 12/12/2010

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And for the record, I did own and use a swing, and currently own and use a stroller (with buckles) and a crib. I'm not some sort of hippy earth mother who uses a basket made of reeds for a bassinet or anything.... I do however feel that my baby is just fine without a boppy to help her gain head control, a bumbo seat to teach her how to sit, a heartbeat simulator to help her sleep, or a $20 Dr. Brown bottle that mimics the breast or a vibrating pacifier to massage her gums. I understand not everyone feels this way, and I'm sorry if anyone out there thinks I'm being mean, I'm not trying to. Every mom needs to do what she feels is right for her baby, without compromising baby's safety/

Marta - posted on 12/12/2010

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I didn't say that babies would be better off without modern items, I said they weren't NEEDED. There are so many itmes on the market these days that are marketed in a way that makes new mom's think they are needed. And yes, a baby will turn out just fine without a swing or a stroller, those are convenience items for the parents, not required baby items. Think about it though, how long have those things even been in existence?? Are babies happier in a swing than on the floor, yes. Will a baby fail to thrive without a swing, no. But you are right, moms need to continue to be cautious and use all baby items correctly. A lot of injuries are the result of improper use of a product than the product themselves. Just recetly, there were a number of injuries and deaths as a result of babies slipping out of the bottoms of strollers and getting strangled. This would only happen if the babies weren't buckled!! Yet they recalled all those strollers, even though it was parenting error. We are the only people that can keep our babies safe, and we just shouldn't put all our stock in new-fangled items to do it for us.

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Im gonna have to agree with Toni. Moms are all astonished that even tho there is evidence of danger Mothers will still continue to use it. Even tho they still sell Comforter sets for the cribs so should those be banned?? What about bassinets if a baby is to close the side the baby can suffocate to should those be banned?? And what about the mothers who chose to put babies on their belly should they be arrested for putting baby in harms way?? I think not my mom put me on my belly and Im fine i put my baby on her back and she is fine.There are so many things that we have that can be dangerous. Like for the one mother that said well babies were just fine before those were invented so she see's no use in it. Well babies were fine before cribs and strollers and swings and everything else were invented so would babies just be better off if they didnt use any of those things?? I feel there is gonna be some sort of danger to anything that we introduce to our babies life. However if we are cautious and we use the item correctly and we check on our babies then i see no harm. I am a young first time mother and i was scared to death about SIDS!! i had got those bumpers cuz they came with the First Years portable baby bed and i thought they were amazing!! I always swaddled my baby and made sure that the bumpers were positioned on the middle and lower extremities of the body so that it would not be near her face. Once she started getting bigger and not so much a fan of the swaddle as well as beginning to move i felt there was no more need for them. I would and will use the bumpers again with my future babies i will just be even more cautious about it as i am with everything else.

Marta - posted on 12/11/2010

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I used an incline postitioner when Ravyn had a bad cold and it helped her coughing at night which was keeping her awake all night. I also put the positioner UNDER her crib sheet so I knew it wouldn't move or get pulled on top of her. I didn't use it on a daily basis, though, just a few nights. Babies have lived for thousands of years without styrofoam intervention, I don't know why everyone thinks these positioners are a needed item. I just used mine so I could get some needed sleep myself!

Amanda - posted on 12/10/2010

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I think this is yet another issue of parents using a sometimes useful baby object incorrectly and it proves to be fatal for thier child. This would also be why some medications were removed from the shelfs for babies because parents were not paying attention and were overdosing thier kids, and a really awesome high chair which converted to a booster seat was recalled because some parents didnt think you had to snap the locks and thier kids fell over and got hurt.

My baby cosleeps and sleeps on his belly and always has he is happy healthy and 8 months old....

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In Australia and NZ you can buy and is recommended to help aid off SIDS http://www.safetsleep.com/ look it up, I have used it on both my DD and I lent it to new mums I know and they love the peace of mind, remember the only thing that need to be in the cot is the baby!

Heather - posted on 12/10/2010

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Depends what you are using them for. My baby had reflux and I bought some of the positioners. He would always wiggle off of them. I ended up putting books under the ends of the mattress. The reflux eventually subsided and I gradually removed the books.

Linda - posted on 12/08/2010

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But has anyone checked how many lives they have saved? No one knows exactly why babies die from SIDS.My grandson died of SIDS in hospital, my daughter was breast feeding him when he stopped breathing, what are they going to do, ban breast feeding???

Kari - posted on 12/05/2010

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From the time my son was born, he slept better on his belly. We decided to swaddle him and he slept fine on his side in a sleep positioner. He was leaning toward his back a little, also, to avoid him rolling over onto his belly. I'm concerned the recall will lead people to make their own sleep positioners that might not be as safe as the store-bought ones! Some babies sleep better with them.

Jenny - posted on 12/05/2010

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i have never used a sleep thing in my life. they talk about kids suficating but my granddaughter did when born and still does at age 21 months sleep with blanket in her face that is the only way she sleeps.it scares me to death.

Ashley - posted on 12/05/2010

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I did at first but I think it only hurt him......because I noticed him having more trouble sleeping using it. When he did didnt use it he sleep better but I was always worried he roll over and stop breathing.

Katherine - posted on 12/04/2010

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How are sleep positioners dangerous?

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A baby's face can get trapped against the bolster of a sleep positioner causing the baby to suffocate.
Both types of sleep positioners present problems. If children are placed on their sides or stomachs on a flat sleep positioner, the babies’ faces can get trapped against the bolster causing babies to suffocate. Babies placed on their sides with the bolster at their backs can easily roll onto their stomachs with their faces pressed into the product, blocking their breathing.

Babies placed on inclined sleep positioners can scoot around and end up with their heads hanging over the high edge of the positioners. This can cut off babies’ ability to breathe. In addition, babies can easily roll from their sides to stomachs or scoot themselves downward with their faces pressed against a bolster in these positioners. If bolsters come loose, babies can become trapped between the sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.

In some inclined sleep positioners, babies have flipped off the positioner, ending up with the positioner landing on top of them. Each of these scenarios puts babies at risk of suffocation.

How do I make sure my baby stays on his back while sleeping?

Simply place your baby on his or her back in the crib. Once your baby rolls over onto his or her tummy, it’s okay to leave your baby there. Babies who can flip over can also turn their heads, a key developmental milestone that reduces the risk of suffocation. If your baby flips over while in a sleep positioner, however, he or she can have a hard time freeing his or her face from the device.

My baby has reflux and my sleep positioner helps. Do I really need to stop using it?
Yes, you should stop using these devices. FDA has no scientific proof that infant sleep positioners help to prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Talk with your pediatrician about safe sleep alternatives for your baby.

12 deaths in 13 years? Is this really a serious hazard?

The potential risk of suffocation and death is serious and preventable. CPSC and FDA believe there is no reason to introduce a risk into your baby’s crib, especially given the fact that there are no scientifically proven benefits of using sleep positioners.

Usually, you recall products that are unsafe. Why aren’t you recalling specific sleep positioners?

Because of the medical claims made with sleep positioners, they fall primarily under FDA’s jurisdiction, rather than CPSC’s. FDA is telling manufacturers of sleep positioners to submit scientific data to support their medical claims. Any manufacturer who makes a medical claim about a sleep positioner and who has not received FDA clearance must immediately stop marketing their products. Such devices are illegal and subject to FDA regulatory action.

Hayley - posted on 12/04/2010

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i used them for my daughter until she was old enough to roll around i thought they where great but thanx for the advice on them as i didn't even know about the dangers of them. i have a baby due in 9 weeks i was going to use them but i don't know now.

Julie - posted on 12/02/2010

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I used one for my 10lb 2oz baby girl, but not for my boys. Definitely not my 7lb son! My daughter (first child) was a very large baby and was born almost too big for a bassinet so she went straight into a crib with the positioners that they used on her in hospital. She was only in them for a matter of weeks before she could roll around in bed. After that bye bye sleep positioners.

Andrea - posted on 12/01/2010

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I was advised a year and a half ago not to use one. My son wiggled his way down in his incubator when he was just days old. A sleep positioner could have been fatal for him.

Keri - posted on 12/01/2010

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I never used them. Only my first born slept on his back and once he could roll I didn't care. My other tow wouldn't sleep on their backs at all. My almost 2 year old still sleeps on her tummy.

Katherine - posted on 12/01/2010

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Weird, Joy. I just checked the link and it loaded for me. Maybe copy and paste it into your browser?

Tracy - posted on 12/01/2010

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I used a sleep positioner with all three of my kids and never had one hint of a problem with it. I stopped using it when they were able to consistently roll front to back and back to front on their own, and my pediatrician supported it.

Iridescent - posted on 11/30/2010

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The Tucker Sling is still an option for those that must use sleep positioners. It's not an optional thing for everyone, and a safe alternative does need to be available for these cases. http://www.pollywogbaby.com/refluxandcol... is another type that has not been recalled. There are a few out there, intended for medically needy children.

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The link won't load for me. I've been trying it for the last few days. We used a wedge positioner...basically a covered foam mattress on an incline. Is that what they're talking about here?

Toni - posted on 11/30/2010

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I used one for my son when he was a baby and thought it was wonderful. I really just don't know what to think. Some say "why use something that has been proven to harm" Well parents still use bumpers, pillows, blankets, and lay their children to sleep on their tummy. Why do they still do that? Those things have been proven dangerous. To each is own.

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I've never used them anyway... I took one look at it and thought "how can THAT be safer than the crib bumpers?" Then again, I never had any problems with my kids rolling in bed...

Katherine - posted on 11/30/2010

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That's right, they have been. Everywhere I believe. There was a huge recall.

Katherine - posted on 11/29/2010

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But why would you use something that has a proven record for death?

Chelsea - posted on 11/29/2010

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i have recently read about this as well but i have to say that i thought the sleep positioner i used for my first dauhter was great, she was always scooting herself to the side of her bassinet so her face was pressed against it which scared me because she was only a few weeks old, we used her sleep postilion until she was 7 months old and not once did i go to get her when she had slid down on it, i am still considering using it for my next baby who is due in 6 months

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