Baby sleep positioners, a popular product for safety-conscious parents, were supposed to save lives by keeping infants from rolling onto their stomachs.
Instead, they are now being added to the growing list of dangerous nursery products, all but banned in an emphatic move by federal regulators on Wednesday.
Two U.S. safety agencies and the nation’s leading pediatricians group warned parents that baby sleep positioners can trap and suffocate babies and urged families to stop using them, retailers to stop selling them and manufacturers to stop making them.
The products have been linked to at least a dozen suffocation deaths in the last 13 years, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The products often have foam bolsters on the sides that help keep a baby in one position, but babies can wriggle or roll into unsafe spots. Infants have suffocated on the foam or been trapped between the product and the side of the crib or bassinet.
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