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In-bed sleepers are causing fatalities.

Stop Sleeping With Your Child In Your Bed: In-Bed Sleepers Causing Deaths

If you are sharing your bed with an infant, you are putting them in danger. Even if you are utilizing an in-bed sleeper, it is simply not safe.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently released a Consumer Report that named specific products linked to dozens of infant deaths. Since the report, the number of deaths has risen.

Products Linked

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and Kids II rocking sleepers are both inclined sleepers that have caused fatalities. The CPSC reported that 73 infant deaths have been associated with inclined sleep products, including hammocks and non-rocking incline sleepers. Many of the sleepers have been recalled; however, there are still a lot of in-bed and incline sleepers on the market.

Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is one such product that is still on the market. Many are calling for an immediate recall after the information was divulged in a Consumer Report.

While in-bed sleepers may seem appealing to caregivers and parents, they increase the risk of death.

The products identified in the Consumer Report by the CPSC included the Baby Delight Snuggle Nest Infant Sleeper, which has been linked to 3 deaths, the SwaddleMe By Your Side Sleeper and DockATot, which have been the cause of 2 deaths each. The brand companies for both the Baby Delight and the Snuggle Nest have denied allegations that their sleepers caused fatalities. DockATot declined to comment.

In-Bed Sleepers

In-bed sleepers are not currently regulated by their own set of federal safety standards. This leaves them open to design flaws that put babies at risk. They are advertised as a safe solution for keeping your child in-bed with you–which is never a good idea.

Although the companies involved deny any responsibility, babies are dying while sleeping in the same bed with their caregivers.

The best way to protect your child is to follow tried-and-true practices that have been proven to decrease the chances of accidental death. To learn about best practices for prevention, read our article Choking and Suffocation Prevention in Children.

Grace Wells

Grace Wells grew up in the kind of town where no one locked their doors and parents felt safe letting their kids wander. Things have changed a lot since then. As a mother today, Grace has to worry about so much more than skinned knees and hurt feelings.

Grace believes the best way to keep kids safe is to stay informed. She hopes that her work at Kids Safety 101 makes a difference in children’s lives so that they can grow up as carefree as she did.

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