Baby Sleeper Dangers
Some baby sleeper & infant inclined sleeper products may pose a serious risk to children. Please familiarize yourself with all product models that have been tied to child injuries.
Are Incline Sleepers Safe For Babies?
Researchers have concluded that the design of popular infant incline sleepers can cause death and serious injury. These once-popular products include baby sleepers, newborn inclined sleeper accessories, and infant bassinets that are designed to have infants sleep at an incline between 10 to 30 degrees. These researchers’ studies have unfortunately been validated, with cases of infants dying of suffocation while in inclined sleepers. Many of these products have been recalled, and families nationwide have been filing baby sleeper recall lawsuits.
No. Infant incline sleepers are not safe. In October of 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted an independent study of the most popular inclined infant sleep products. The agency concluded:
None of the inclined sleep products that were tested and evaluated as a part of this study are safe for infant sleep.
CPSC members further proposed that all infant incline sleepers be removed from the market, with recommendations that no baby sleeper products have a back angle over 10 degrees.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated:
There is no such thing as a safe infant inclined sleeper, a product that typically positions an infant at an incline of up to 30 degrees and usually has design elements such as a rounded sleep surface and plush side padding.
The AAP provided recommendations that infants should sleep on their backs and alone on firm, flat surfaces devoid of padding, bumpers, and other excess bedding.
Why Are Infant Inclined Sleepers Dangerous?
CPSC conducted infant incline sleeper studies because of the concerning number of injuries and deaths tied to the products. Researchers carefully monitored infants of ages two months to six months old and tracked their movements and oxygen levels while they were inclined sleepers. The study found that incline sleepers allowed babies to roll over more easily to their stomachs, and when this happened, they exerted approximately 250 percent more abdominal muscle movement, and their oxygen levels dropped twice as much. The study concluded that a 20-degree or higher incline puts infants at risk of suffocation and muscular fatigue, while a surface of 10-degrees or less offers the safest infant sleep environment.