SUNDAY Sept., Feb. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) — When putting baby to bed, avoid cozy duvets, stuffed animals and pillows.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says simpler is better – just a sheet. And, he strongly recommends, always resting baby in products specially designed for his sleep, including cradles, bassinets and play areas.
“What’s comfortable for the way adults sleep isn’t safe for babies,” said CPSC President Alex Hoehn-Saric. “Bare is best – a firm, level surface in a crib, cradle or playground, with no blankets, pillows or other items. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold, use warm pajamas – not blankets .
The warning coincides with Baby Safety Month (September).
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According to the CPSC, most infant deaths related to childcare products occur in a crowded sleeping space.
Between 2016 and 2018, 87 infant deaths nationwide were associated with cribs, playpens/playards and bassinets/cribs. Most were associated with the presence of additional bedding, such as pillows, blankets or comforters, the CPSC said in a news release.
In addition to a bare sleeping space without bumpers, parents and caregivers should always put babies on their backs when laying them down, the CPSC said. This reduces the risk of sudden unexpected infant death syndrome (SUID/SIDS) and suffocation.
Incline products, which have been linked to eight deaths between 2016 and 2018, should never be used for infant sleep, the commission said. These include seesaws, gliders, lollipops and swings.
Infants should not be left in these products unattended, the CPSC said. They should always be restrained. No soft bedding should be used in these products as they pose a suffocation hazard.
The safest place for babies to sleep is in a firm, flat crib, bassinet, playground or bedside bassinet. They should be moved to one of these if they fall asleep in a swing, bouncer, lounger or similar product, the commission said.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio has more tips for keeping babies and toddlers safe.
SOURCE: US Consumer Product Safety Commission, press release, Sept. 15, 2022
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