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How Safe Is Your Baby's Sleep Stuff?

Is your baby's sleep space safe? Are you sure?

Is your baby's sleep space safe? Are you sure?

The bad news: The New York Times has an article out on the dangers of baby sleep products ranging from the now infamous drop-side cribs to seemingly benign baby monitors.

The good news: The main focus of their article is on how the government is bringing more scrutiny to bear on these products, with the aim of saving baby lives.

New rules from multiple government regulatory agencies are showing a renewed interest in the safety of your baby’s stuff. While on the one hand that’s a good thing, it might also quickly become too much of a good thing. We don’t want the government closely policing how our babes fall asleep, but on the other hand we don’t want unscrupulous companies selling faulty or dangerous products to new parents.

For example, in September the FDA warned parents away from baby sleep positioners. As a co-sleeping parent, I was given several of these by nervous relatives who worried my daughter would not sleep properly on her back without one. Turns out that while these devices were sold to protect against SIDS, they had actually caused the suffocation deaths of at least 12 babies.

In December, the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned dropside cribs. Now they’re taking a closer look at crib bumpers. Some researchers think crib bumpers are dangerous to babies, while industry advocates insist they are safe.

What products and practices did you use for helping your baby sleep? Did you worry about SIDS and safety, or were you just desperate to get your little one down for that nap?

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