Fisher Price Infant Sleeper Recalled!
32 infants have passed away due to the use of this sleeper since 2011. Fortunately, Fisher Price has issued a recall. That is an incredibly devastating number for a single device… But don’t just focus on this specific device; please think about the safety of any infant sleeping device that does not follow Safe to Sleep guidelines. While many families may think that an inclined position may help with infant sleep and reflux issues, this has not been shown to be the case. Inclined positions may make it harder for young infants to breath since the lack of neck tone and the fact that infant heads are proportionally heavier than other parts of their body can make it harder for them to lift the heads up to open up their airways effectively. Prior to this devastating news regarding these infant sleepers, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned the public in the past about the use of car seats as a place for infant sleep for similar reasons.
Please be wary of claims that any infant sleep device can reduce the risk of SIDS/SUID. No infant sleep device has actually been shown to do this per the AAP.
Approximately 3500 infants die annually from SIDS/SUID. People are usually shocked to see a number this high when learning about this topic. The following post from healthychildren.org nicely summarizes how to keep our infants safe regarding sleep.