Safe Sleep and How We are Getting Serious About It

Photo of my daughter doing awake play time in a Fisher Price Rock n’ Play. UNBUCKLED, because 6 years ago I didn’t know better, but now I do.

Photo of my daughter doing awake play time in a Fisher Price Rock n’ Play. UNBUCKLED, because 6 years ago I didn’t know better, but now I do.

Safe sleep has always been important to us.

However, we feel it is important at this time to reiterate our standards and commitment to safe sleep for families. While we always discuss safe sleep practices with our clients and follow them while we are there, we will be adding stronger language into our postpartum contracts to ensure that while our specialists are in your home AAP Guidelines for Safe Sleep must be followed unless signed off by a pediatrician.

Where is this coming from? Enter the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper!

The Fisher Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper is not for sleeping and it is not safe

We get it, it says “sleeper” and you have found that it is the only way to get your baby to sleep at night that does not involve putting your baby on your chest. If you find that your baby is waking often in those first early weeks, we promise you this is normal and they are doing that for a reason. Try swaddling your baby and start safe sleep practices from the very beginning, and if they hate swaddling there are some tips and tricks to navigate that, but remember, no swaddling after 8 weeks!

The AAP has urged a recall on this product, here is why

The AAP said in their statement on April 9th, “This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately,” said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case. There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies.” 

Originally the warning was urging parents to keep their babies strapped in and to stop use after babies began to roll over, but that is just not enough! Families need to know that these are NOT safe for sleeping and there are too many issues and deaths associated with them to keep them on the market and in family’s homes. This is to keep your precious baby safe while under your care or our care.

This is not about shaming parents, who we know are tired and exhausted, this is about helping them keep their babies safe while they are sleeping. This is also about helping expecting parents with babies on the way know how to practice safe sleep from the very beginning.

It is okay to feel some upset upon learning about the new recommendation, changing it or practicing safe sleep from the moment your baby is born will make all the difference. We are here to support you through this process.

What is safe sleep and what are the most recent guidelines on safe sleep for babies?

  1. Back to sleep for every single sleep. When babies can roll on their own it is safe to let them stay there.

  2. No swaddling after 8 weeks.

  3. A firm, flat surface that is not included at all. *If your baby has one of a few specific upper airway disorders in which the risk of death from “GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease] may outweigh the risk of SIDS”, your pediatrician can sign off on an inclined sleeping position.

  4. No loose bedding, bumpers, pillows or lovies in their space.

    Remember the ABCs. Alone in their own space. On their Back. And in a Crib with a firm, flat surface ( or bassinet or pack n play). Adult beds are not recommended for children under the age of 2.

Reach out to us if you have any questions or are in need of support!