Earlier this month the Consumer Product Safety Commission came out with a warning to parents: stop using inclined sleep products for infants.

What is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)?

They are an independent federal regulatory agency that was formed in 1972. Their work is to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, and more. Their 40 years of experience have contributed to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products.

Last year there were several inclined sleeper recalls from Fisher-Price (Rock ‘n Play) to Eddie Bauer (Soothe Rock Bassinet/Rocker). 

From the years 2005-2019, the CPSC has received over 1,000 incidents, including over 70 infant deaths, related to inclined sleep products. 

An independent expert (Erin Mannen, Ph.D.) was hired to conduct infant testing to evaluate the design of inclined sleepers. She measured things like muscle movements and oxygen saturation in various products and positions.

She compared flat cribs to several inclined sleep products and found some astonishing results: NONE OF THE INCLINED SLEEP PRODUCTS HER TEAM TESTED WERE SAFE FOR INFANT SLEEP. 

That’s a big deal! Her conclusive results found that the safest products for infant sleep included inclines of 10 degrees or less, with flat and rigid surfaces.

Soft and plush-like sleep surfaces are dangerous and to be avoided. 

Top Infant Tips for Safe Sleeping

Most importantly, immediately stop using infant sleep products that have an incline of more than 10 degrees.

It’s easy to want to use a car seat or bouncer for longer sleep but they are are not intended for that and therefore are not safe.

More Sleep Tips:

  • Bare is best.  Do not add blankets, pillows, or other items to the baby’s sleep area.
  • Back to sleep. Always place your infant on their back on a firm, flat surface. 
  • Register all baby products. Registering your nursery products will keep you in the know. That gives the manufacturer permission to contact you directly if there is a recall. 
  • Avoid old products. Don’t use products over 10 years old or that have been broken or modified.
  • Follow directions. Setting up your baby items should not be something you wing. Follow the manufacturer’s directions. 
  • No gaps. There shouldn’t be any gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress. And on that note only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard to avoid any issues.
  • Steer clear of cords. Keep the crib away from blind cords, baby monitor cords, or anything else that they can get caught up in. 

Ensuring Safe Sleep for Your New Baby

As a brand new parent, your days start to blend together because of the lack of sleep. Sleepiness turns to desperation and you blindly trust products to safely let your little one sleep for longer periods.

But the studies don’t lie. There is nothing more important than practicing safe sleep for your new baby, especially since that little cutie pie will be sleeping around 14-18 hours a day for the first couple of months. 

You can create great sleep routines by adding some white noise and swaddling from day 1. Both of these help the baby sleep better naturally.

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  1. I hear what the article is saying, I really do but here is my experience: my baby boy was almost 3 months old, he slept on an inclined pillow made for babies because he had very bad reflux and that was the only thing allowing is all to get some sleep even if it was just for an hour or 2. One day I washed the thing and the whole thing came apart in the tumble dryer🙈, anyway that night I had to lay my boy down flat and luckily woke up when he was busy choking. It was a horrific experience but thank God he was fine. So maybe everything is not always just black and white.

    1. White noise was super helpful for my baby! I’ve heard when babies sleep in carriers too it can cut off breathing because their heads tuck more forward than normal.. I was always cautious of getting my baby out of the carrier as soon as we got home as a preventive measure.

      1. We are big fans of white noise here at Wink Naturals! And we’ve heard similar things about babies sleeping in carriers. Better to get them out and lay them on a flat surface to continue their sweet dreams :).

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