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Sleeping in the Lounger? Not for Babies!

By Naomi Odes |

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Fuzzball in the Newborn Lounger

Here is Fuzzball in his Boppy ‘Newborn Lounger.’ That’s his brother, Shnook, on the right. This pillow was given to us by some friends who warned us not to let him sleep in it. In fact, all over the Newborn Lounger are labels and stickers that say things like “Not for sleeping!” “Do not let baby sleep on this pillow!” and the ubiquitous red circle with the diagonal line through the word “SLEEP.”

That’s right, Fuzz, NO SLEEPING, ONLY LOUNGING!! Never mind the fact that you are only awake and not eating for about 11 minutes of every hour.

Who do these Boppy people think they are? How can you sell a deliciously comfy pillow made for a creature who only sleeps, eats and poops and expect them not to fall asleep? OR do they expect us to transfer him upon falling asleep to a much less desirable location? Car seat? Bouncy Seat? Bassinet with ½ inch piece of foam as a mattress?

Okay, I get the whole rolling over, suffocation and SIDS fear. They have to label this stuff. Hey, SIDS is no joke. My engineer husband has invented a baby monitor that also monitors respiration, that’s how freaked out we are about it. I’m serious. It sits above Fuzzball’s cosleeper, duct-taped to a laptop. It has only nearly fallen on his head once. Okay, twice.

Out of curiosity, I looked at some reviews of this pillow. People love this product.  Interestingly, almost every person raved about how much their child loved sleeping on this pillow. Only one that I read, mentioned sheepishly, that they knew their child wasn’t supposed to sleep on it, but let him anyway.

Clearly, the people at Boppy need to re-evaluate these labels. Perhaps a disclaimer needs to be added: Sleep only permitted under parental supervision (or something like this). In the meantime, do you think they’d make me one in my size?

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Naomi Odes Aytur is a blogger who's contributed on the parenting channel of Babble. She chronicles her experiences of being a new mom on her personal website, I Am Still Awake. Read bio and latest posts → Read Naomi's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “Sleeping in the Lounger? Not for Babies!

  1. bridgitt says:

    They do make a boppy pillow for pregnancy that is amazing. I couldn’t sleep without it for either pregnancy!

  2. Danielle says:

    With my oldest I used that and didn’t let him sleep in it. But when it came time for sleeping, I wouldn’t let him sleep in a carseat because of the risks associated with that also. If we were home, he was either in the co-sleeper, swing, or bouncer.

  3. madfoot says:

    Stuff like this drives me up a wall. I mean, because I know they’re just being overly cautious, it makes me not trust any warnings at all. I’d rather they just told me the real deal.

  4. Sara says:

    My daughter loves sleeping in it i make sure it’s all the way safe, the first time (me too after reading the labels didnt want her to fall asleep in it and would move her to her bed or something) but since she loves sleeping on my chest i decided to make the boppy as a replacer of myself so i can run around the house and do stuff, i have to admitt even though she is a good baby doesnt cry much and sleeps well enough normaly she did sleep for straight two hours in the boppy without moving her head not even once i watched her the whole time just to make sure the safety of her, i am also planing of bringing the boppy in her bassinet next to our bed and make it as safe as possible and let her sleep there, just like mentioned above she doesnt really like sleeping in it and she much rather would sleep with me in our bed. so gotta say like everyone else they need to reconsider those labels and have the boppy used as a sleeping pillow too, i am using it so i will be cautions too :)

    Be safe everyone.
    Sara

  5. sfmoonfire says:

    We have a boppy too and I always let my son sleep on it when he was tiny, even though it says Never Ever let your child sleep on this (seriously, it says never ever). As long as you are supervising your child I don’t see the problem.

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