Product Safety Alert: Infant Sleepers
By Caren G. Kirschner, M.D.
In April of 2019, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Fisher Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play infant sleepers following an investigation that revealed 32 infants had died in them since 2011.
And last week, the same commission recalled another four brands of similar sleepers because of their risk of causing suffocation. These specific products are listed in the above link.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for all infants to be placed on their backs to sleep on a firm mattress. They should be put in a crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard that conforms to the CPSC safety standards. These standards include slat spacing less then 2-3/8 inches, snugly fitting and firm mattresses, and no drop sides.
We discuss safe sleeping habits a lot at our routine check-ups because of its vital importance.
It is our mission and duty to educate our families on the most current evidence-based safety practices.