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.

Source:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10358.html


Notes from a Baby Model’s Mother

babyAll mothers know that their baby is the cutest. Baby modelling can be a great idea for those years before they go to school. What better way to document your child’s development than with professional photos, whilst also being able to put some money aside for later. Here is a story from a mother who discovered baby modelling.

Sarah has had a couple of professional photo shoots recently. I must say I’m very proud of how she responds to the camera. She’s not shy in the slightest, but rather, she loves to pose! I suppose she’s only following in her mum’s footsteps in that respect, I’ve always been self-confident in modelling and social situations. When she’s in front of the camera she smiles and laughs, focusing on the photographer’s lens. She’s only one year old, but perhaps she will want to model professionally when she’s older, too and I will support her 100 per cent. On the other hand, if she wants to do something else, I’ll obviously, whole heartedly, support that too.

The most recent gig was a mother and baby shoot together prior to Mother’s Day. Having the photos taken with Sarah made me a little emotional. Mother’s Day will always have special meaning to me because now I have a child of my own. Some women I know take the moral high ground and have even accused me of exploiting my daughter! I really don’t see it that way. Baby modelling is harmless and basically just gives us a great record of these special early years!

Taking Sarah on a baby modelling shoot with me was no trouble at all. She was very relaxed and curious and loved getting dressed-up in cute outfits, and munching her food in between shots. I loved seeing how comfortable she was, I wasn’t sure beforehand whether it would work out at all. It seemed like a good idea though so I took a little risk. It was a fun day out for her, with people behind the camera jingling bells and singing songs to make her laugh. They really knew how to interact with children and get the best results. After the shoot she had a long nap on the way home in the car which I timed perfectly. I will definitely say yes to other baby modelling shoots for her in the future if she’s always this well behaved!


Baby Modelling is fun for Parent and Baby

Lots of parents wonder whether their baby is suitable for baby modelling and in this article you may find answers to your questions. Every new parent will tell you that their bundle of joy is the cutest little baby on the face of the planet, and who knows, they could be right. But what many parents don’t realise is that there is a lot of demand for baby models, and that baby modelling can be a great way to show off your adorable little tyke to the world. The market for baby care products is one that will remain strong. Regardless of economic conditions, manufacturers of baby care products need to promote their wares in what is a very large and competitive market. 

While starting your child on a path towards a modelling career might be the last thing on the mind of young parents, a modelling photo shoot can be a lot of fun for parents and baby alike. It’s clear from the feedback from parents of baby models that it’s a lot of fun for everyone.  

From a Baby Model Mother

I started my baby modelling at two months, and during the teething months she was very noisy and we couldn’t take jobs on. The thing to know is that when your agency emails you a casting you can actually accept or decline. Getting to a casting is half the work getting accepted at a casting is where you get paid. For my child I found when she was a baby a portfolio was the thing that sold her on the days when she was cranky or tired from the journey to the casting.

babiesIt’s not so much that parents dream of their little baby becoming a model, just that it’s a great experience all round. The photographers and art directors who run the photo sessions are great at working with young babies and anxious parents, because they’ve done it many times before. Parents are put at ease, there is plenty of time for naps and feeds, and they love meeting some of the other parents getting involved. The baby needs to be photogenic and it would be also good if they were quirky with plenty of character as they’ve got to have a sparkle about them. Temperament is also important; they’ve got to be good natured and sociable to put up with meeting lots of strangers.


Baby Modelling for New Mothers

Everyone told you that it would be tough, but you probably didn’t think it would be this tough. Rest assured they do get easier, but the tips spread throughout this article will speed up the process.

If your friends ask how they can help you in the early days, get them to bring you dinner for the first couple of weeks. It’s exciting waiting for the dinner to turn up and people usually prepare their best meals. It’s better than eating in a restaurant every night. Babies are often at their ‘worst’ around dinner time, too. If you were a perfectionist before, give it up. You have lost certain control of your life for quite some time to come. Take power naps. Working people may think they are the ones who invented these but new mothers have always done them. Don’t always do your chores when your baby is asleep. Have a rest and don’t feel guilty about it. You will need your energy if you want to get into baby modelling. If you’re not the type to nap during the day just read a book but give yourself a break. It is not a luxury, it’s an investment. Don’t take every piece of advice about baby rearing to heart. Choose two people who you really trust, listen to what they have to say and take the rest with a pinch of salt. You could go crazy following everyone’s recommendations. Do what you think is best because every baby is different and you know your baby best. Don’t compare your baby with others and don’t rely on the internet to tell you if your baby is sick.

baby modelIf you don’t normally have a house cleaner, get one for the first three months. Hire a friend’s son or daughter to help you out; they will be much more affordable than an agency. It will help your sanity. There is nothing more annoying than nursing constantly on the sofa and having to stare at dirty rugs and stains which never go away. You immediately forget about them the moment you get up and some jobs never get done. Take a break by leaving your baby with a trusted family member or friend from time to time and go for a walk or do something for yourself, have a massage or just go to a café and stare into space for half an hour. You will return much better off, again in love with your baby with energy to spare.

Take advantage of all the baby-friendly activities out there and get out the door! Modelling is just one option. A walk is one of the best things you can do for everyone’s health. One of the best inventions in recent years are mother and baby cinema outings. Some cinemas have dedicated sessions for this. If you are a new mother interested in baby modelling, speak to an agency to make your first steps.


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.

Meanings

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.

Books

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.