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From Products Liability Law Daily, June 1, 2018

CPSC consumer alert advises caregivers to use restraints with inclined sleep products

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a reminder to parents and caregivers, urging them to create a safe sleep environment for babies. In particular, CPSC’s warning focused on hazards associated with unrestrained infants in inclined sleep products (CPSC News Release, No. 18-171, Report receipt date: May 31, 2018).

Inclined sleepers are bassinet-type products with an inclined back to elevate the baby’s head and torso. These inclined sleep products come in many different styles for infants and newborns, including frame-type, semi-rigid, and compact inclined sleep products. CPSC is aware of infant deaths that have occurred when babies rolled over in these sleep products. Consequently, the agency strongly encourages consumers to use restraints with these products at all times, and to stop using these products as soon as an infant can roll over. Restraints should be adjusted to fit snugly to keep the baby on its back, with the baby’s face free to breathe.

CPSC also advises consumers to follow simple safety steps when placing a baby down to sleep, including:

  • Always follow manufacturers’ instructions when using sleep products;
  • Do not add blankets, pillows, or other items to the sleep environment ("Bare is Best");
  • Always place infants to sleep on their backs ("Back to Sleep"); and
  • Check www.cpsc.gov for recall information pertaining to cribs, bassinets, play yards, and inclined sleepers.

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