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Sleep positioners were originally designed after the Safe Sleep community began urging parents to place infants on their backs in order to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Sleep positioners come in a variety of different designs but their design purpose is to keep an infant on his or her back.

Unfortunately, the unintended consequence of this product was to introduce yet another soft device into an infant’s sleep environment increasing the risk of suffocation.

Safe Sleep experts have long held that sleep positioners only increase the possibility of an infant dying due to either SIDS or accidental suffocation caused by the soft product.

To reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including accidental suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on their backs, positioned on a firm, empty surface. This surface should not contain soft objects, toys, pillows, or loose bedding.

Once an infant can freely roll, he should be allowed to adopt whatever sleep position he prefers.



Pillow Designed to Prop a Bottle

Bottle Prop Pillow

Bottle Propping has been done by busy parents and caregivers for many year.  Baby bottle holders allow a parent to feed a baby, especially twins or triplets hands free. There are a variety of designs, but generally they are cushy pillows that rest on baby’s chest propping up and stablizing the bottle so that they can drink without the need for holding it. Bottle Props can be used while baby is in a stroller, carrier seat, bouncy seat, crib, or boppy – just about anywhere that baby is placed on his or her back.   Some parents can’t imagine getting through the day without bottle propping but it is generally considered a bad idea.  Products used to prop a bottle are considered unsafe for babies and discouraged by medical professionals and safe sleep experts.

Feeding a baby is an optimal time for bonding.  Holding baby close to your body, looking into the baby’s eyes and being reactive to the baby’s cues are all important.  Bottle propping can cause ear infections, choking, gagging and even death.  Read more about the correct way to hold a baby during bottle feeding.

Great organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission, KIDS in Danger, and the Illinois Attorney General’s office have joined together to get stricter standards.  Kids In Danger has written an excellent blog to bring childcare providers up to date on the lates crib standards.  In Illinois, drop-sided cribs cannot be sold to consumers in any store.  Parents are being advised to consider an “immobilizer” for their existing cribs.  Watch the video at the website for information on checking your drop-side cribs.

Childcare providers have a slightly different standard.  Childcare providers will be required to replace any drop-side cribs that they are currently using with non-drop-side cribs by December 2012.  Read on…..

Kids In Danger: Alert to Child Care Providers: Information on new crib requirements.

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