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Some baby safety devices may actually do more harm than good. Case in point: Baby sleep positioners, which were designed to keep baby on her back or side, and touted for limiting the chances that your infant would succumb to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
But last week, the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Academy of Pediatrics all warned against using these devices (which are essentially two bolsters connected by a thin pad that helps hold the baby in one spot and prevents her from rolling over). The baby sleep positioners created unsafe sleeping conditions for infants, contributing to 12 infant deaths and creating dangerous sleeping positions for dozens more children that could have resulted in death.
So what’s the safest thing to do? Skip the baby positioner and stick with the basics. Experts say parents should follow the ABCs, and place their children alone, on their backs, and in bare cribs, as the best method for preventing SIDS. (That means no bumpers, no quilts, no pillows, no comforters!)
By keeping your baby’s crib clutter-free, you decrease the risk of SIDS considerably -- and ensure that you all can rest easy.
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