Deaths Prompt CPSC, FDA to Warn Parents Against Using Infant Sleep Positioners

Oct 4, 2010

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning consumers to stop using baby sleep positioners due to risk of suffocation. Suffocation can occur when a young infant rolls from their side or back into a dangerous position next to, or within, the sleep positioner.

“The deaths and dangerous situations resulting from the use of infant sleep positioners are a serious concern to CPSC,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners, so that children can have a safer sleep.”

Although makers of these positioners often claim they can help reduce SIDS, the FDA has never cleared a sleep positioner for this purpose. The FDA has stated that they are not aware of scientific studies to support these manufacturers’ claims.

For more information visit the Sept 29, 2010 CPSC and FDA press release “Deaths prompt CPSC, FDA warning on infant sleep positioners.”