Today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s Safety Standard for Infant Sleep Products goes into effect. This important new rule mandates that all products marketed or intended for infant sleep must meet the requirements of the federal bassinet safety standard (except for cribs, bedside sleepers, and play yards which must meet their respective safety standards).
This new rule will protect infants from hazardous products such as sleep products with more than a 10 degree incline which have led to dozens of deaths. Ezra, Alexander, and Juliette are three of the many stories of infants dying in these products.
Babies sleep safest on their back, and on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard that meets a federal standard, with only a fitted sheet. Other products such as crib bumper pads, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or toys should not be in the sleep environment. Check out KID’s safe sleep PSA here.
Want to learn even more about safe sleep? The American Academy of Pediatrics just released their updated guidelines. KID will have an upcoming blog with more details.