CPSC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning parents and caregivers to stop using a baby positioner. Over the past 13 years CPSC and FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 months who have died when they suffocated in these positioners or when they became trapped between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet. CPSC has received numerous reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in a baby sleep positioner, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners.
FDA Issues Warning about Baby Sleep Positioners
Every parent wants their baby to sleep soundly and comfortably, which is why companies market “sleep positioners” to parents of newborns. Typically, the positioners consist of a mat with two raised bolsters or a wedge to raise the baby’s head, and are often called “nests.” Manufacturers may promise that the positioners prevent rolling over, reflux, or flat head syndrome.
But the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns parents to avoid using sleep positioners, saying that they can cause suffocation and, tragically, lead to death. You can read the FDA warning here.
Lemberg Law is investigating of sleep positioner manufacturers. If you’ve bought a baby nest and are interested in potentially becoming a class action plaintiff in a false advertising lawsuit, we’d like to hear from you.