UK retailers have stopped selling baby sleep positioners amid concerns over their safety.
According to the US health regulator Food and Drug Administration (FDA), parents should not put babies in the products due to the risk of suffocation.
It said the positioners, also know as nests or anti-roll products, “can cause suffocation that can lead to death”, after they have already been linked to 12 deaths.
Mothercare, John Lewis, Tesco and eBay have stopped selling the products as a result.
The positioners have raised support and soft swells intended to help keep babies in a fixed position while sleeping.
However the FDA has warned that it’s “dangerous” to use one to keep a baby in any position whatsoever.
A spokesman for Tesco said: “We have removed these products from our website as a precautionary measure.”
Please see for yourself, the reason why they are unsafe in the video below:
Back in 2010, the FDA urged people to stop using sleep positioners following reports of 12 infant deaths in the US over the previous 13 years. So this is not the first warning parents have received about the product.
In their latest statement, the FDA advised parents “never use infant sleep positioners,” explaining that in most of the dozen cases babies suffocated after rolling from their sides onto their stomachs.
Instead of a positioner, the FDA recommends placing babies in a bare cot as the safest place to sleep. And babies should always be put on their backs.
According to The Lullaby Trust, a charity which advises the NHS, “the safest cot is a clear cot.”