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spitty/gassy, sleep positioner, SIDS...?
by OpalG
April 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Ive been letting my 6d old sleep on my chest, mostly after feeds, with me propped up to promote skin to skin and keep him elevated after feeds to help with gassiness and lots of spit up (have OAL)

I also give him a paci after feeds to let him suck for comfort, hoping this will help him keep his food down. I think it helps and it has not hurt his latch.

However, i cant sleep on my back at all, so a few times, i put him in a co-sleeper next to my bed and i have a sleep positioner in the co-sleeper because its tilted up and that should help with spitting up.  Plus its so easy to swaddle him nice and cozy in it.

But i just read that sleep positioners are not recommended because of SIDS? I didnt know this.

Should i let him lie flat in the co-sleeper? do any of you use sleep positioners? Im talking about the little wedge that tilts them up slightly and has little pillows on the side to cozy them in. 


  • mamabens
    April 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I used the sleep positioner once , I just don't care for them. First though what are you doing for he oal? Block feeding, feeding with baby on top, reclined? 

  • Zazayam
    by Zazayam
    April 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I tried the positioners but I just didn't like it. I sleep with mine tucked under my arm curled around them. I also use a pacifier.

    I'm not much help, sorry. Have you tried different nursing positions to help with the OAL?

  • MommyO2-6631
    April 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM
    They do increase the risk of SIDS. are you using the things that snuggle up against each side of him or just the wedge that inclines him?
  • OpalG
    by OpalG
    April 4, 2013 at 2:31 PM
    Yup. Trying the uphill positions - mostly a cradle hold w me tilted backward so he's mostly "on" me. Sometimes a football hold. Holding tilted up after feeds w paci .yes block feeding in that I feed from one side the whole time then two -ish hrs later when he feeds again I switch sides. But even though I like tucking him into the positioner, I think ill just ditch it and maybe prop the co sleeper up a bit.
  • OpalG
    by OpalG
    April 4, 2013 at 2:32 PM
    The positioner I have has both- the wedge and the little side snuggle blocks
  • aehanrahan
    April 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM
    I wouldn't use the positioner. He should be fine flat.
  • MusherMaggie
    April 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM
    You my need to increase the amount of time you nurse on one side before using the other. Look up block feeding on
  • maggiemom2000
    April 4, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Sleep positioners are NOT safe!

    "Advice for Consumers

    STOP using infant positioning products. Using this type of product to hold an infant on his or her side or back is dangerous and unnecessary.

    NEVER put pillows, sleep positioners, comforters, or quilts under the baby or in the crib.

    ALWAYS place a baby on his or her back at night and during nap time.

    REPORT an incident or injury from an infant sleep positioner to the Consumer Product Safety Commission by or calling 800-638-2772, or to FDA's MedWatch program.

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    Suffocation and Other Dangers

    In the last 13 years, the federal government has received 12 reports of babies known to have died from suffocation associated with their sleep positioners. Most of the babies suffocated after rolling from the side to the stomach.

    In addition to the deaths, the commission has received dozens of reports of babies who were placed on their back or side in the positioners only to be found later in hazardous positions within or next to the product.

    “We urge parents and caregivers to take our warning seriously and stop using these sleep positioners so children can be assured of a safe sleep,” says Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    FDA pediatric expert Susan Cummins, M.D., M.P.H, says parents and caregivers can create a safe sleep environment for babies if they leave the crib free of pillows, comforters, quilts, toys, and other items."

    Sleep Positioners: A Suffocation Risk

    CPSC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are warning parents and caregivers to stop using sleep positioners. Over the past 13 years CPSC and FDA have received 12 reports of infants between the ages of 1 month and 4 months who have died when they suffocated in these positioners or when they became trapped between a sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet. CPSC has received dozens of reports of infants who were placed on their backs or sides in sleep positioners, only to be found later in potentially hazardous positions within or next to the sleep positioners.

    The safest crib is one with only a mattress and a tight-fitting sheet. Parents should stop using sleep positioners or ANY device to hold an infant on his or her back or side for sleep. These are unnecessary and can pose a suffocation risk to your baby.

    For the safest sleep environment possible, place babies on their backs. Don’t put babies to sleep on top of pillows, comforters or thick quilts. And don’t place these items, or large stuffed toys, in your baby’s crib, bassinet or play yard.

    An announcement such as this one is sure to raise some questions. Here are some answers.

    What is a sleep positioner?

    A sleep positioner is a product that is used to keep babies on their backs while sleeping. Some are flat mats with side bolsters, and others are inclined (wedge) mats with side bolsters. Both types of sleep positioners claim to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by keeping babies on their backs, help with food digestion and reflux, ease colic, and prevent flat head syndrome.

    Are the medical claims associated with these products true?

    The FDA and CPSC staffs have stated that there is currently no scientific evidence supporting these medical claims. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) already tells parents to avoid “commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.”

    How are sleep positioners dangerous?

    sleep positioner

    A baby's face can get trapped against the bolster of a sleep positioner causing the baby to suffocate.

    Both types of sleep positioners present problems. If children are placed on their sides or stomachs on a flat sleep positioner, the babies’ faces can get trapped against the bolster causing babies to suffocate. Babies placed on their sides with the bolster at their backs can easily roll onto their stomachs with their faces pressed into the product, blocking their breathing.

    Babies placed on inclined sleep positioners can scoot around and end up with their heads hanging over the high edge of the positioners. This can cut off babies’ ability to breathe. In addition, babies can easily roll from their sides to stomachs or scoot themselves downward with their faces pressed against a bolster in these positioners. If bolsters come loose, babies can become trapped between the sleep positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet.

    In some inclined sleep positioners, babies have flipped off the positioner, ending up with the positioner landing on top of them. Each of these scenarios puts babies at risk of suffocation.

    How do I make sure my baby stays on his back while sleeping?

    Simply place your baby on his or her back in the crib. Once your baby rolls over onto his or her tummy, it’s okay to leave your baby there. Babies who can flip over can also turn their heads, a key developmental milestone that reduces the risk of suffocation. If your baby flips over while in a sleep positioner, however, he or she can have a hard time freeing his or her face from the device.

    My baby has reflux and my sleep positioner helps. Do I really need to stop using it?
    Yes, you should stop using these devices. FDA has no scientific proof that infant sleep positioners help to prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Talk with your pediatrician about safe sleep alternatives for your baby.

    12 deaths in 13 years? Is this really a serious hazard?

    The potential risk of suffocation and death is serious and preventable. CPSC and FDA believe there is no reason to introduce a risk into your baby’s crib, especially given the fact that there are no scientifically proven benefits of using sleep positioners.

    Usually, you recall products that are unsafe. Why aren’t you recalling specific sleep positioners?

    Because of the medical claims made with sleep positioners, they fall primarily under FDA’s jurisdiction, rather than CPSC’s. FDA is telling manufacturers of sleep positioners to submit scientific data to support their medical claims. Any manufacturer who makes a medical claim about a sleep positioner and who has not received FDA clearance must immediately stop marketing their products. Such devices are illegal and subject to FDA regulatory action.

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