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

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End of baby sleep positioners?

November 18, 2010

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

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With all the safety concerns regarding soft bedding items in cribs, you have to sift through a lot of changing opinions. According to CPSC.gov, “parents can safely start using pillows for children who are 1½ years old, about the same age at which parents can safely move children out of the crib and either into a toddler bed or onto a mattress on the floor.”

pillowMany leading child developmental experts agree that it’s best to allow toddlers to sleep on a flat surface. But at some point, your toddler may be more comfortable and sleep better with a pillow. When you do introduce a pillow, choose one that is firm, yet flat. Pick a toddler pillow that is the right proportions for a child’s head and neck – a standard size is a 12” x 16” toddler pillow. Always check with your pediatrician as he/she will know your child’s heath history including any issues that may impact sleep: allergies or asthma, muscle tone and neck/head control, etc.

How to buy a toddler pillow

My child seems ready to sleep with a pillow, how do I find a good toddler pillow?  Here are some tips:

  • Choose a toddler pillow that is in proportion to your child (12″x16″ is perfect!), and not overly filled.  Overfilled, fluffy pillows may seem cozy to adults and look nice on the bed, but your child is actually better off with a flatter, less filled pillow. 
  • Choose a quality made pillow with strong seams that will withstand machine washing and possible rough and tumble daily use by a toddler – you don’t want anything delicate or dry clean only!
  • Made in the USA – it’s always great to support local manufacturing!
  • We recommend a toddler pillow filled with high quality polyester fiberfill – it’s non-allergenic, easy to wash, comfortable yet supportive, and keeps its shape.  
  • We also recommend a high quality cotton fabric for the covering – some cheaper pillows are covered with very thin gauze like material – make sure you opt for thicker 100% cotton.
  • Pick out some fun printed pillowcases that will allow your child to get attached to the pillow and make nighttime fun! Don’t be so concerned with matching your child’s bedding or room theme - pick a design that your child really enjoys to make it more likely he/she will cuddle with the pillow. 
  • If your child has dust mite allergies, consider an allergen pillowcase.  In addition to blocking out dust mites and other allergens, it also offers an extra layer of protection between the pillowcase and the pillow to make washing easier.

Before introducing a pillow to your child at nighttime, check with your pediatrician and try to find a high quality, machine washable pillow that is in proportion to your child’s head/neck.  Don’t forget to make it fun and colorful too!
 

By Renee Sirulnik

Toddler Pillow Expert and Owner, BobbleRoos. BobbleRoos is a manufacturer of baby, toddler, and preschool bedding related items such as playard sheets, crib sheets, toddler pillows, daycare nap mat sheets and more. BobbleRoos can be found at www.BobbleRoos.com.

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chevy-cherryIt’s a sad fact that there are rampant cases when parents accidentally leave their babies or toddlers behind their car. Many have relied on electronic devices and modern gadgets to serve as childminders systems. These gadgets are intended to increase the safety of children and protect them from being left unattended by their parents especially on hot summer days when temperatures inside the vehicles can soar in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, these devices can’t guarantee total safety of the children. David Strickland, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was quoted as saying, “While these devices are very well-intended, none of them are a full or complete solution for making sure a parent never leaves a baby behind in a hot car.”

Products that serve as alarm or baby alert in the market vary. There are devices that can detect if the seatbelt is buckled, sensors that would indicate if the back door was opened, and alarms that would call the parents’ attention to check. Despite being well-designed, many of the said devices prove to be inconsistent and unreliable. Parents also have the tendency to rely too much on these electronic devices which doesn’t really help the children at all. Too much reliance on these gadgets can make parents overly-confident and complacent. It has to be emphasized that certain outside factors like cellphone interference or spilt liquid contribute to the failure of the devices to function normally. Bottom line, majority of these devices cannot fully address the problem of saving children from being locked and left behind by their parents inside the car.

Parents must exert extra effort to find means to keep their infants or toddlers safe when travelling. Bobbabysafe is a non-electronic device that is especially designed for parents so they can be reminded of their baby in the car. It is a silicon patch that can easily be attached to a clip or key ring which serves as a highly visible reminder and warning sign. Moreover, Bobbabysafe is easy to install and use, and can be purchased at very affordable prices.

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Temper tantrums can be very frustrating and problematic if not handled properly. Your kid might cry, whine, scream, kick, hit, throw himself to the floor, and even hold his breath. Temper tantrums are usually very common during toddlerhood and it is equally seen in both boys and girls. Because kids are not yet fully mature and developed when it comes to expressing themselves, temper tantrums is seen to be the best and quickest way out.
In this post, let us go through some of the ways on how you as a parent or nanny can handle temper tantrums. Let us go through some of them.

Understand the cause of tantrum
While it is true that the most common cause of temper tantrum is to let the child get his way, there are other reasons that you need to consider. Sometimes, temper tantrums is a result of restlessness, lack of sleep, pain, illness, low blood sugar, frustration, desire for attention, and many others. To really solve a problem, you need to get down to it and see its cause.

Remain calm yourself
If you cannot remain calm and you do stupid things instead, the situation can easily get out of hand. Children are already in a state of emotional instability and what they need would be your calming influence. Study the situation and relax. Don’t make hasty decisions without weighing things.

Talk to your child well ahead before he throws a tantrum
Most often than not, you will see early signs that will lead to temper tantrums and when you see them, it is important that you do something before it gets worse. Talking to your child in a loving, but firm manner is very important. Let him understand the situation and explain to him the consequences of his actions. If a child still insists in his tantrum, you can lead him to his room and let him wait there until he is done with his tantrum. However, if your child defer from his tantrum after you talked to him, praise and thank him for that. This will reassure him that what he did is right and acceptable.

Be strict and firm
It is important that you show your child who is in charge. Be strict and firm and do not let your child win. Never compromise with your words because if you do, your child will feel superior over you and take advantage of the situation. If you say he will be grounded for 1 week, then it should be 1 week. If you say he can’t leave the dinner table without finishing his food, then stick to it.

Ignore the tantrum
This can be very difficult, but the truth is ignoring temper tantrums is the most effective way. However, be wise as well when doing this. Kids can be very animated sometimes and they can hurt themselves. Tell your child that you will only talk to him when he is calm.

Conclusion
These are some of the ways that you can properly handle temper tantrums. Let your nanny know these as well so that your child will not suffer double standards. Remember to always love and care your children in everything that you do even at times you need to discipline them.

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