How to Find Quality Baby Sleep Positioners That Will Help Your Baby Stay Asleep Safely

Baby Sleep Positioners

One of the safest infant sleeping props is a baby sleep positioner. The device, also known as a swaddle sleep positioner, is said to be linked to more than 13 fatalities in the past 15 years, according to federal officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many parents and caregivers have been using the sleep positioner to calm their restless baby before he or she learns to fall asleep on their own. However, these sleep poseers can actually increase the risk of SIDS by interfering with a baby's natural breathing pattern. Parents and caregivers should take caution and warn users that these sleep positions may increase the risk of death through suffocation.


Some baby sleep positioners contain pillows or other attachments. These pillows are supposed to keep baby upright and resting straight up. Unfortunately, if the pillow or attachment is attached far enough behind the child's head, it can interfere with the child's natural airflow, thereby allowing too much oxygen flow through the airways. Studies have shown that babies who received the recommended number of pillows but who were positioned too high or close to one side were more likely to die from drowning or suffocation.


A baby sleep positioner is not the only crib accessory that can lead to tragic deaths. Crib bedding and mattresses are also a potential cause for SIDS. Many crib bedding sets sold today contain a polyurethane foam crib bumper. Unfortunately, this foam is not designed to prevent suffocation. It can become saturated with moisture from spilled milk or from being left in the crib overnight.


An infant's crib mattress should be firm and free of vibrating pads, pincushions, stuffed animals, loose blankets, or any other moving parts. Also, loose bedding or pillows should be regularly inspected for tightness. If you notice these things, it's a good time to invest in some quality baby sleep positioners and crib mattresses. Even if you are using the recommended infant sleeping positions for your child, you should still get a pad or two for added protection.


A few years ago there was a recall for infant beds that contained a type of chemical that can be lethal to young children. While this recalled product did ultimately end up being banned in most countries, hundreds of thousands of cribs did indeed contain the chemical. The National Institutes of Health had was investigating the dangers of the chemical and had discovered that while it is safe for adults, it is very dangerous for infants. This was the primary reason for the FDA putting the recalled product back on the market.


So, what can you do to make sure that your baby sleeping positions don't cause a problem for your precious infants? You need to think about how hazardous their materials are before you purchase them. If you see something that looks like it might be a danger for small kids, stay away from it. On the other hand, if you see materials like vinyl that look like it could be harmful but are actually man-made, go ahead and buy them anyway.


Baby sleep positioners that use man-made materials are generally cheaper than those that use natural materials. However, you don't want to sacrifice quality for price. It's best to err on the side of caution, rather than being too demanding. The reason is that the better quality baby sleep positioners are usually more expensive, because they are more durable and because the company pays someone to test and make sure that the product is safe. Naturally, they are also a little more likely to have problems.


The best way to get the best baby sleep positioners is to try a few different kinds out. You may be able to get one or two for around ten dollars each, which is perfectly reasonable. Of course, if you can afford more, that's great, too. Just remember to always double check for safety concerns, and always read through all the instructions before you leave home with them.