Why sleep positioners are banned

Why not to use sleep positioners

To be honest I was a bit surprised when FDA and CPSC issued their warning for parents not to use baby
sleep positioners. I believed that baby sleep positioners made babies sleep more safely, that’s why I made my website in the first place.
Of course, there were always few negative comments about these products, but also a lot of parents were happy with using them.

So I was very interested to find out why they’ve banned them all of a sudden.

Well, as it seems, over the last 13 years CPSC and FDA got 12 reports of infants between 1-4 months old who have died when they suffocated in these positioners. Dozens of parents also reported how they have placed their infants on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to found them later in potentially dangerous positions inside or out the sleep positioners.

Companies who produced these products claimed that their products can reduce the risk of SIDS. However, currently there are no scientific evidence to back up these claims.
Additionaly, The American Academy of Pediatrics have been advising parents for some time to avoid any commercial
devices which are marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS

Therefore, there is no evidence that they can improve baby’s safety, and they can even be dangerous – as they have been known to suffocate babies when they are not able to move their face away from the bolsters.

So what can parents do to maximize their child’s safety?

Parents should rely on tested methods to reduce the risk of SIDS. Here are tips for SIDS prevention:

  • Sleeping on the back (put your baby to sleep on his or her back)
  • breastfeeding – recent study shows that breast feeding reduces the risk of SIDS by approximately 50% at all infant ages (Vennemann MM, Bajanowski T, Brinkmann B, et al. (March 2009). “Does breastfeeding reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome?”)
  • Secondhand smoke reduction – Avoid exposing the infant to smoke
  • use bare crib and a firm mattress – “Product safety experts advise against using pillows, sleep positioners, bumper pads, stuffed animals, or fluffy bedding in the crib and recommend instead dressing the child warmly and keeping the crib “naked.”*
  • using baby sleep bags (for example Merino Baby Sleep Bag) –

    “A study published in the European Journal of Pediatrics in August 1998 has shown the protective effects of a sleep sack as reducing the incidence of turning from back to front during sleep, reinforcing putting a baby to sleep on its back for placement into the sleep sack and preventing bedding from coming up over the face which leads to increased temperature and carbon dioxide re-breathing.”*

*For more details about SIDS and its prevention visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudden_infant_death_syndrome

Alternatives to sleep positioners

Ok, let’s see two alternatives to baby sleep positioners.

1. Baby sleep bags

I already mentioned above, how a study confirmed baby sleep bag can reduce the risk of SIDS.

One such baby sleep bag with great feedback is Merino Baby Sleep Bag

2. Tucker Sling matress

For babies who need to be elevated, Tucker Sling Matress is a FDA registered product (as stated on official
website), which may be used for babies with GER/acid reflux or respiratory problems

End of baby sleep positioners?

Baby sleep positioners are history, as it seems.
On 29th September 2010, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Drug Administration warned customers to STOP using sleep positioners.
Here is what they say:

Over the past 13 years, CPSC and the FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of one month and four months who died when they suffocated in sleep positioners or became trapped and suffocated between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.
“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.
“We want to make sure parents, health care professionals, and childcare providers understand the potential risk of suffocation and stop using infant sleep positioners.

Most stores I checked already withdrawn them from sale. So, is that the end of baby sleep positioners? Well, it certainly looks so.

But as I noticed, baby sleep bags are still on sale and they are still on the safe list.

We wrote about them before, so if you read our article you know that they are promoted as a sleeping product which reduces the risk of SIDS. Are they to replace the baby sleep positioners? Or will producers come up with a new product?

Well, will have to wait and see.

Till then, you can check out the Merino Kids Baby Sleep Bag.
Reviews of this product are extremely positive (it’s hard to find a review rated less than 5 stars). I really hope our children can be safe with this product.



Lineable Tracking Beacon for Children

The Lineable tracking beacon is a great way to keep track of your kids and help them stay safe. The beacon is wearable in the form of a bright orange wristband. It looks similar to other types of rubberband style wristbands available today. You know the type, the ones that usually have some sort of imprint or message on them. Since they look similar to other popular wristwear, they will blend seamlessly into your children’s existing wardrobe and won’t be easily noticeable as a security device by others. The wristband can also be easily worn underneath sleeves of clothing.

The wearable beacon is Bluetooth compatible and has a very easy to read and use user interface. The beacon works by sending data about your child’s location to a server, and then it transmits that information to your smartphone via the Lineable app. Have multiple children? You can buy multiple Lineable bracelets and have all their data transmitted to your smartphone. At times when your child cannot be located by the app, you can simply tap a report button and your child’s Lineable will transmit alerts to the nearest Lineable app users, allowing them to help locate your child.

The beacon has a long battery life of about a year, so you need not worry about changing batteries constantly or running out of battery life at a crucial time. In addition, the wristband in which the beacon is housed is water and dust resistant, so your child can continue about their daily play activities, without worrying about breaking or ruining the effectiveness of the beacon.

Unlike other similar child safety devices, Lineable requires no monthly fee and is only $5.
If you would like to help Lineable get their beacon off the ground and help save more children from being lost or abducted, then you can contribute to their IndieGoGo campaign which is now live at this address: http://igg.me/at/Lineable
Find out more at http://www.lineable.net/

Is Modelling Right for Your Baby?

It is likely that at some point, you will consider whether or not modelling is fair on your baby. This might be when you are just starting out, or it could be after some time, perhaps when your child is not enjoying modelling like they used to. When there is a bump in the road you may question whether your little one is right for baby modelling.

Ironically baby modelling is a very adult environment, with the pressure of timescales, and with money at stake. At any given shoot, there are a group of people for which this is their livelihood, and the success on the day depends in part on your kid. However, you have to always put your baby’s wellbeing first. When you baby isn’t happy, the photos won’t come out well.

You can’t force a child to model or try to live through them. That is a line that one must never cross. But there are grey areas that make the decision to model or not less clear cut.

First and foremost, a child should be modelling because they enjoy it. That may sound like an obvious point, but there are many pushy parents out there who apparently do not agree.

Baby modelling should never be a job or a hardship to your child – it should be fun most of the time. If your kid likes getting his or her photo taken then you are clearly at a great advantage, because quite frankly, that is all they should be thinking about. You should be handling all of the travel arrangement making sure they are supervised and safe at all times.

Every photographer or casting director is looking for a happy, confident and cooperative baby model. A kid that can get the job done in a straightforward and professional fashion is coveted in the industry. Especially as there are so many products that need baby models to show off their brands.

There is a key consideration when it comes to considering modelling for your child – if he or she does not enjoy it, then they will probably not be a good model. This goes beyond considering the moral arguments for or against modelling when your child is not enthusiastic.

baby model2Praise is free, and is something that you should use often even with baby models, they respond well to positivity. If your kid has done a good job, then of course you should tell them.

It is also important to consider how you handle the concept of money with your child. Many parents do not even tell their kids that they are earning money. This may seem unfair at first, but then I don’t believe it is right for a child to consider their modelling career a job, and that would inevitably be the case if they realised that they were earning a wage. And besides, some children are simply too young to understand the concept of money! As long as you keep it for their university tuition or first car that’s all that matters.

Celebrity Trends – Publicised Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding, celebrities are no different from the rest of us – except when they take their breast out in a restaurant to feed their baby, you can bet there is a cameraman close by ready to put it in a magazine. Take a look at the celebrity mums who’ve shared photos of breastfeeding, done it in public or been truly honest about their experiences.

If you thought five-a-day was enough to pack into your daily diet, check what a breastfeeding baby gets. Recent research has shown that there are 415 individual proteins in breast milk. This is the ultimate high-protein diet. This discovery certainly tells us more about the significant role breastmilk has on infant growth and development.

breastfeedingYour breast milk contains stem cells, which have the ability to become a load of different type of cells in the body. Stem cells are like gold dust to medical research – if you want to donate – and there’s hope that their presence in breast milk could mean they’ll also be boosting your baby’s development.

It’s the ultimate all-in-one meal and, amazingly, your body produces the right nutrients and volume of milk to match your baby’s needs and developmental stage

Kim is quite open about the fact that she’s breastfeeding North and even let a scene where her breast leaks milk remain in Keeping Up With The Kardashians – showing the less glamorous every-mums-been-there side of breastfeeding.
A well-known breastfeeding advocate, Gisele posted a photo of herself breastfeeding her one-year-old daughter Vivien, in December. While having her hair, nails and make-up done simultaneously. Only Giselle.

Salma Hayek famously breastfed a malnourished child on a charity trip to Africa in 2009. Salma defended her decision, saying, ‘The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother did not have any milk. He was very hungry – I was weaning my daughter Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk, so I breastfed the baby.’ Celebrities even take it upon themselves to breastfeed other people’s children.

The Victoria’s Secrets model introduced her son Flynn to the world with a Twitter snap of her breastfeeding him.
International model Natalia Vodianova has released the first picture of her new son on Instagram, saying “Happy birthday baby, from Paolo, Maxim and I,” in a post that tagged her boyfriend and Maxim’s father, Antoine Arnault. “Love you.”

Actress Jaime King shared this beautiful breastfeeding shot on Instagram with the caption ‘Breastfeeding should not be taboo.’ And another baby model is born.

Britain’s Cutest Baby Model

With his adorable smile, soft skin and gorgeous blue eyes, it is little wonder Rowan Stone wowed judges and beat thousands of other children to be named Britain’s Cutest Baby. Just like in any industry, confidence sells. It is Rowans confidence which made him outshine the competition. Confidence is about being yourself and not trying to put on an act for those around you. Most people are able to spot a fake any time. When you are prepared you will have confidence.

baby modelModelling can be a very rewarding profession for those who work hard. Many models have had very fulfilling careers all because they persevered in the first difficult years.

At just seven months old, little Rowan is set for stardom after winning a modelling contract which seems certain to land him TV appearances and magazine shoots.

He also came home with £500 worth of toy vouchers he won in addition to his year-long contract.

His mum originally took him for a photoshoot after seeing baby modelling potential in him from an early age. ‘We had just wanted some shots for posterity, to remember him in the cute stage – but the photographer told us we should enter the competition.’

‘We always knew he was a little cutie, but it’s lovely to have some recognition of the fact.
‘The judges told us it was a unanimous decision from all four of them.

‘There were so many other cute babies in the competition, but he’s just so happy and loves people.’
The family now hope Rowan proves a hit on TV and say they can’t wait to see his face adorning magazine covers. Rowan is a very bubbly, spirited young child model.

‘His image captures one of his favourite things, his bath time, which finishes with us wrapping him up in his eared hooded towel. More than 24,000 people voted online in the ‘Little Face of Venture’ competition.
Creative Director Richard Mayfield said: ‘With so many fantastic images to choose from, picking one winner was an enormously tricky task but in the end we had to choose Rowan as our winner because we love the expression and personality on this image.

‘Rowan showed bundles of character during the photoshoot. We wish him well in his fledgling career as a model.’
This baby model is making a great start to his career, to take the first step for your little one contact a reputable baby modelling agency today.

Choosing a Baby Name

When it comes to choosing a baby name, many people don’t know where to start. There are millions of possibilities to choose from, or you can even make up a new name.

Family First

If you have close family members or elderly relatives that mean a lot to you, consider honoring them by naming your child after them. Not only will you be showing respect to the family member, but you are also initiating a bond between the child and the person, that could result in a close and valuable relationship over the course of their lifetimes. Are you close with your grandmother, grandfather, parents, in-laws or siblings? Any of these people would be great choices to name your child after. You don’t have to use a first name either, you can honor them by using their middle name if you prefer. The relative you name your child after doesn’t have to be alive either; you can honor a family member who has passed on, which is a wonderful sentiment in itself.


Is there something in your life that means a lot to you? Perhaps it’s a religion, your heritage or calling. You can name your child with a name that has meaning that refers to something special to you. For example, if you are Catholic or Christian, there are many names in the Bible that you can name your child. Even the place where a child is conceived can be inspiration for a name.

Popular Culture

You can also look at popular culture for ideas. Many children are named after their parent’s favorite actor, actress, fictional characters or musicians.


babynames_There are many books available, even e-books that include thousands of baby names. Some books even have the history and meanings of names. While there are many books to choose from, one that is particularly useful is called “Baby Names That Work! With a Look at Origins & Meanings” by Tyler Capper. It’s available in e-book form through Amazon.com and is a great resource for brainstorming and ultimately selecting the perfect name for your child.

pregnancy photshoot

How to take amazing pregnancy photo

Pregnancy photo shoot is such an artistic task. The pregnancy photos always have a place in the mother-kid bond. There are several typical photos that sit comfortably in most of the maternity albums. Nevertheless, it’s boring to see such stereotypical photo from time to time. A top notch creative photo could make the whole pregnancy period memorable for the rest of life. As a pregnancy photographer or someone who is going to take a pregnancy picture in near future, you need to know a few tips which helps a great deal in taking the most amazing pregnancy picture.

Camera Angle:

Everything about pregnancy photograph is getting the shape. Sure fire way to get an elegant picture is getting north and shooting down the pregnant belly. This way, it is possible to induce a slimming effect of your subject. You could also turn your subject a bit to get the desired flattering angle.

Focus Relationship:

Nothing stops a pregnancy photo shoot from highlighting liveliness, joy and love. Adding father into your picture could add the needed love dimension. Such a photo could immerse anyone into the love and passion of the couple. Additional emotions bring more life to the photo.

Comfort her:

Women worry about appearance and not many pregnant women are confident about themselves looking good for the shoot. A woman feels more relaxing and confident when she poses alongside her husband. Complimenting her and assuring her of her good looks could help getting an awesome output.

Involve siblings:

A baby is born as a kin to parents and sibling to the elder kin. If there is one more person apart from parents, who have their angle of expecting the baby, it’s the elder sibling. Make sure to add siblings in good amount of frames. If there’s no elder sibling, the family pet could play a similar role.

Be Creative:

A pregnant belly talks for itself in the photograph. Every mom wants special about her pregnancy. They want to feel like they are having the miraculous and sacred pregnancy, that ever happened in human history. A good pregnancy picture could go a long way in making the mom’s life really special.

pregnancy photshoot

New Moms Need to be on Their Feet All Day!

New mothers are under the impression that they will return to their normal selves in about 6 weeks but new research shows that it may take much longer for recovery. Post natal recovery may take up to seven months or even a full year leading to a lot of frustration with new mothers. The psychological recovery may take a even longer period of time. Truth is, you’ll never be the same. I highly recommend getting some insoles for foot pain and some compression socks to prevent varicose veins.

feet-7861_150You may see new mothers on TV or claims on the Internet where people are back on their feet in a couple of days after a new baby. This is not reality. The best example I can give is when you see someone get shot on TV and then shrug it off or forget about it because it’s not a big deal. As a nurse, I can tell you the reality is, when someone is shot, they are never the same. They’ll have pain and lingering effects until the day they die. You don’t just jump up and solve the case after you’ve been shot, and you don’t jump out of bed and go to work after you pop out a baby. Possible, but pure fiction.

Although the new mother is released from hospital as soon as six hours of delivery many are of the opinion that this is too early for their rehabilitation into the daily routine.
Latest studies reveal that the activity level of mothers has a very strong influence on the activity level of the child. After analyzing the levels of physical activity in more than 500 mothers and their child it was found that in 53% of the cases, the activity levels of the mother were very low and they were involved in only half an hour of moderate to vigorous physical activities only once a week. The recommended levels are at least 150 minutes of brisk walking is recommended throughout the week 

Parents who are physically active are more likely to have children who are physically active, but a new University of Cambridge-led study is the first to indicate a direct link between the activity level of a mother and that of her child.

Children are not naturally active and follow cues from parents with regards to physical activity which are needed for a healthy lifestyle.
A direct and positive correlation between the physical activity of the child and the mother show that the more numbers of activity that a mother performed the child also became more active. 
For each minute of moderate to vigorous activity a mother took part in, the child was seen to engage at least 10% more in the same kind of activity. If a mother was one hour less stationary per day, the child would have spent at least 10 minutes less in rest per day. 

It is important for the new mother to be on her feet for the recovery of her shape and also regain a weight advised by her doctor.
Both pregnancy and the resulting childbirth have effects on the body of a woman. Immediately after the birth, there is a weight loss of about 10 pounds due to loss of body fluid level. A gradual loss of weight spread over many months is much better if new moms need on their feet all the time.

Legionnaires disease: Keeping water babies safe

The candles are lit, the room is silent if not for the soft groaning of the expectant mother and the concentration clearly showing on her face and that of the midwife. The last thing a new Mum to be wants to be concerned with is the possibility of something, so horrific as the threat of Legionnaires disease. That is why there is a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing the right birthing pool. Inflatable pools such as the La Bassine pool made by Made in Water come with the steady reassurance that this will not be an issue.

The birthing pools which are responsible for the contamination from Legionnaires disease are the one pre-delivered and set up weeks before the birth is imminent. These static pools are heated by water heating systems, while inflatable pools carry less risk as they are generally inflated nearer the time of birth and are filled using the house’s hot tap.
In June, The Times amongst several other broadsheets and tabloids reported on a case, where a baby was left critically ill after contracting Legionnaires disease from a heated pool. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by an infection of legionella bacteria in the lungs.

People cannot develop Legionnaires’ disease from simply drinking contaminated water and it does not spread between people. Heated birthing pools used in home births however, provide the right conditions for the bacteria to grow quickly and reproduce, contaminating the water the baby is born into. The two things that the legionnaire bacteria require to grow and reproduce are a water temperature of 20-45ºC (68-113ºF) and impurities in the water that the bacteria can use for food, such as rust, sludge, algae and lime scale. However there is less risk to baby if the heated pool is one used in an NHS Unit as these are cleaned to the highest standards of hygiene or the inflatable pools used at home which are simply filled from the hot tap. Problems only occur in static units delivered for home use as they may have been previously used or contain water which has “sat” for a long time and only been heated to a certain number of degrees.

Therefore on June 17th this year, Public Health England released a press release in which they advised Mums-to-be against use of home birthing units, which had built in heaters and recirculated water supply, which may be potentially filled up as much as 2 weeks prior to the birth. They went on further to comment that pools such as the La Bassine made by companies like Made in Water were still safe to use, “The majority of birthing pools used at horn e are filled from domes tic hot water systems at the time of labour-these birthing
pools do not pose the same risk and are excluded from this alert. There are no concerns about these types of pools as long as pumps are used solely to empty the pool and not for recirculation of warm water”.