NPR’s Scott Simon particulars recommendation from consultants on new federal security requirements for toddler sleepers and the way dad and mom can assist hold their infants secure whereas soothing them to sleep.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
The primary weeks and months of a child’s life are valuable, and they are often perilous, particularly if dad and mom who’re determined to coax their toddler to sleep flip to a product they could have heard about from a slick advertising and marketing marketing campaign or on social media.
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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: The new child Rock ’n Play sleeper is the proper spot for child. The mushy incline seat is right for often sleeping all evening or for napping and play in the course of the day.
RACHEL RABKIN PEACHMAN: It may be actually complicated for fogeys to determine which merchandise are secure and which aren’t secure. The truth is, most shoppers imagine that each one merchandise which can be in the marketplace have been vetted already and security examined. And that’s not essentially the case.
SIMON: Rachel Rabkin Peachman is an investigative reporter who’s checked out toddler sleepers for Client Studies for years.
PEACHMAN: These sleepers are extremely harmful. They drastically enhance the chance of suffocation if a child is put to sleep in them.
SIMON: However it wasn’t till this week that the U.S. Client Product Security Fee authorised a brand new necessary security normal for the inclined sleepers or mattress sleepers which have been linked to dozens of toddler deaths.
PEACHMAN: The brand new rule that is been introduced this week is definitely an enormous win for shopper security advocates. What it is saying is that, principally, any product that goes in the marketplace now that’s marketed for toddler sleep should adhere to safety-tested toddler sleep requirements. That implies that the product has to suit into both class of crib, bassinet, cradles, play yards or bedside sleepers.
SIMON: The brand new normal will not take impact till the center of the yr. Alexis Dubief, creator of “Treasured Little Sleep,” says that folks need to be particularly vigilant and focus much less on the machine that guarantees to lull a child into slumber.
ALEXIS DUBIEF: So none of those merchandise are going to assist soothe your little one to sleep and are usually not going to assist your little one sleep longer. Mother and father who’re questioning about the way to assist their kids sleep higher can be much better served by specializing in the fundamentals of sleep hygiene, which might be issues like applicable schedule, unbiased sleep and secure sleep.
SIMON: The Home Committee on Oversight and Reform holds a listening to on toddler product security failures on Capitol Hill on Monday. Executives from Fisher-Worth, the maker of the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother that was simply recalled, are anticipated to testify.
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