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CPSC Urges the Public to Check for Suffocation Hazards in Infant Sleep Spaces


September 19, 2022

September is National Baby Safety Month and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a warning to parents and caregivers to place their babies to sleep in places that are safe for sleep, like cribs, play yards, and bassinets.

The CPSC states that approximately 100 infant deaths occur annually in unsafe sleep environments. CPSC also warns caregivers and parents to move babies from inclined sleepers or inclined rockers to a crib, bassinet, or play yard. CPSC also recommends removing all bedding suffocation dangers, such as pillows, blankets, and stuffed toys, from infant sleep space to prevent most nursery product-related infant deaths. According to the CPSC's latest nursery product death and injury report, most infant deaths occur in cluttered sleep spaces that have soft bedding added to the playpens, play yards, cribs, bassinets, and cradles.   

CPSC's latest data show shows:

  • 87 deaths have been connected to cribs, bassinets, cradles, and playpens with blankets, pillows, and/or comforters; and
  • Eight deaths were connected to inclined sleep products.

According to CPSC Chair Alex Hoehn-Saric, what is comfortable for adults, is not safe for babies. Hoehn-Saric said that "bare is best" for babies and that a flat, firm surface in a bassinet, crib, or play yard, without pillows, blankets, or other items, is the safest. He also stated that to keep babies warm, simply use warm pajamas and always avoid using blankets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also warns against using inclined products, like gliders, rockers, swings, and soothers, and swings for infant sleep. Moreover, babies should never be left unrestrained, unsupervised, or lying with soft bedding because of the significant risk of suffocation.

For more additional tips on baby sleep safety, recalled products, and to read the CPSC's newest baby safety public service announcement, visit CPSC's Safe Sleep and Crib Safety Education Center here.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a federal agency formed by Congress in 1973. CPSC is charged with protecting the Americans from unreasonable dangers of severe injury or death from over 15,000 different classes of consumer products. To report an unsafe product or a product-related injury, visit http://www.saferproducts.gov. )

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Sources:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cpsc-urges-parentscaregivers-to-use-products-that-are-safe-for-sleep-check-babys-sleep-space-for-suffocation-hazards-301625290.html

https://spaces.hightail.com/space/bPyBoBYT5h/files

https://www.cpsc.gov/SafeSleep

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