A baby charity has said it is no longer re-homing sleep positioners freely available as they are not prepared to take any risks amid health risks about the product.
‘Cascade Baby Bundles’ says: “We are very much guided by the healthcare professional whether that be the midwife, a health visitor or a social worker.
“At this time those items are not being re-homed and have been removed from stock. It may well be that these are not a danger to young babies, but as a charity we will not take that risk no matter how small or perceived the risk maybe.”
The products also known as “nests” and ‘anti-roll’ cushions in the UK are aimed at infants under 6 months and are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping.
The retailers selling the products claim that the ‘ultra soft and breathable’ sleep positioner will perfectly adapt to a baby’s body shape when lying on theirc back, and provides optimum support whilst raising their legs.
Despite what the product promises, the federal US government have received several reports regarding baby related deaths resulting from suffocation that is associated with the sleep positioners.
In most of these cases, the babies suffocated after rolling from their sides to their stomachs.
A spokeswoman for ASDA told Quays News that they no longer sell the items in store or online after they became aware of the “safety issues” surrounding the products.
They are the latest retailer to pull the products from sale following other supermarket and high street chains like Tesco, John Lewis and Mothercare.
The NHS strongly advise that parents place their baby onto their back when sleeping from birth, this applies to both day and night sleeps which can help reduce the risk of cot death.
They state that it is not as safe for babies to sleep on their side or tummy as it is on their backs.
According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep from accidental suffocations, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or unknown causes.
— The Lullaby Trust (@LullabyTrust) October 6, 2017
UK baby charity ‘The Lullaby Trust’ have released a statement saying: “We do not recommend wedges and sleep positioners as evidence shows that the safest way for a baby to sleep is on a firm flat mattress in a clear cot free of pillows, toys and sleep positioners.
Online retailer Ebay told the MailOnline that they were also pulling the baby sleep positioners from sale, however they can still be bought on their website from third party sellers.
The baby nests are also still available to buy on Amazon, who have declined to comment on the matter.
The FDA first warned about baby positioners in 2010 which caused some retailers to temporarily pull the items, only to eventually put them back on the market.
For support and guidance on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome please visit ‘The Lullaby Trust’ online at https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk.