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Sleep positioners banned - Sleepyhead??

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allthecheese Fri 06-Oct-17 10:25:11

Ahhhh literally just bought a sleepyhead deluxe and of course a week later it looks like 'sleep positioners' have been banned.

Is a Sleepyhead a sleep positioner? So confused (and frustrated at having spent so much!)

dede124 Fri 06-Oct-17 10:28:58

Really? I was going to buy one today to go in our next to me!

satsoooma Fri 06-Oct-17 10:30:39

I was wondering the same thing.

RavingRoo Fri 06-Oct-17 10:33:29

It’s not the same. Sleep positioners are cushions that manipulate where the kids head/arms etc should be. A sleepy head just gives them a cosy feeling.

SophieGiroux Fri 06-Oct-17 10:35:25

I'm worried too now as have bought one and it's all set up waiting for baby to arrive.

satsoooma Fri 06-Oct-17 10:36:50

From the BBC article:

"The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US ... said the two most common types of sleep positioners feature raised supports or pillows (called "bolsters") that are attached to each side of a mat, or a wedge to raise a baby's head."

The first one sounds exactly like a sleepyhead to me?

RavingRoo Fri 06-Oct-17 10:39:14

The Bbc website specifies anti roll products and shows photos of anti roll products. The Sleepy Head is not an anti roll product as kids can move within it.

CaptainsCat Fri 06-Oct-17 10:44:03

I won't be getting one. It's telling that the instructions say babies require constant supervision while sleeping in them - definitely not appropriate for night time sleeping.

MrsDneedsaB Fri 06-Oct-17 11:08:20

This is just within the US, they're not banned in the UK. They won't ban guns or the crazy amount of sugar and crap in their food but they will ban baby "docks" that have been around and safely used in Europe for decades. It's the same as the "next to me" co sleeper cribs, they're even more dangerous than a bolstered sleep mat yet you can still buy those! It's all about using it correctly.
I've known plenty of people that use the sleepyhead to great success and still plan on using mine.

munchkinmaster Fri 06-Oct-17 11:14:30

My husband who is a consultant paediatrician argued with me about the sleepyhead. He really felt there were risks baby could roll and suffocate. In the end he guilted me into not getting one.

I heard on the radio today 12 infant deaths in US been linked to rolling and suffocating so in hindsight I'm glad it was a risk we didn't take.

(At the time I was sleep deprived and so tempted by one).

I guess it's a infrequent but potentially awful risk

MrsDneedsaB Fri 06-Oct-17 12:11:20

I take my US only comment back, have just seen Mothercare and John Lewis etc have taken these off their shelves...

welshweasel Fri 06-Oct-17 12:15:15

The sleepyhead is still on sale in JL

Hannah91x Fri 06-Oct-17 12:19:49

I purchased the 'babymoov' - the exact one shown on the front of the articles! Just emailed amazon about returning it. Definitely won't be using it.

My MIL has hinted a few times about the sleepyhead, is this the same principle? Best to just stay away from them all?

timeisnotaline Fri 06-Oct-17 12:25:54

I have a sleepyhead from my first child, wondering what to do with it now! The risk seemed to be of a baby rolling which mine would not have done before 6 months, but lots can. Would be very interested to hear more.

RedBlu Fri 06-Oct-17 12:27:35

I use a ClevaMama Mum 2 Me Pod and DD is four months old, it has “cushion bumpers” buts it’s quite wide so it doesn’t restrict movement

SadieContrary Fri 06-Oct-17 12:28:32

The Sleepyhead is breathable material though? My baby could roll and face plant into her cot mattress the way she could with her SH so don't see the difference?

timeisnotaline Fri 06-Oct-17 12:53:39

Whileyes they say it's breathable sadie it's baby pillow safety tested not mattress tested. My guess is the shape of it wouldn't pass mattress testing. I don't know!!

Youcanstayundermyumbrella Fri 06-Oct-17 13:00:28

From what I can see, this doesn't include the Sleepyhead. It's not mentioned in the list of positioned and it's the Cocoonababy that John Lewis has withdrawn.

I was looking because I'm about to list our much loved Sleepyhead for second hand sale. I think I won't for now though as despite not being listed, it does seem to fit the description.

SeatOfMyPants Fri 06-Oct-17 13:02:45

This isn’t news: the lullaby trust, for instance, has never endorsed the sleepyhead. I would say the risks are v small, considering it’s breathable fabric, but they’re still risks that you gave to be aware of.
I personally would prefer the proper evidence to be made available and then I can make my own choice about whether I use something or not. This pulling stuff off shelves doesn’t help me.

SeatOfMyPants Fri 06-Oct-17 13:03:08

Have - not ‘gave’

SadieContrary Fri 06-Oct-17 13:03:48

I've just spent £200 on the bigger SH too and gave the first size one to my BF who's just had a baby.
I think we need more info, the articles so far seem a bit vague. Will terrify a lot of mum's.

Bloody America- will ban sleep positioners but not bloody guns (sorry, not relevant but hate getting half info)

Youcanstayundermyumbrella Fri 06-Oct-17 13:05:22

We're using the bigger one. I don't think any of the concerns can read across to that given that it's the risks for babies under six months. DD is 2.5 now and was about a year when we switched up as she

Youcanstayundermyumbrella Fri 06-Oct-17 13:05:51

was a titch.

She mostly just napped in it as we co-slept.

FartnissEverbeans Fri 06-Oct-17 13:08:49

I waited until DS was about four months before using our Sleepyhead but it did worry me. I think they're great for supervised daytime sleep though, and will be keeping ours so that I can use it for that if we have another DC.

One night when DS was particularly refluxy we bought a Dumasafe sleep positioner. I didn't use it once because as soon as it came out of the box I could see it was unsafe. It's a sort of wedge about 30cm across with a tall cushioned support on either side. It would have been so easy for the baby to slip down and get its face wedged against the supports.

I didn't even give it away for free second hand. It was good for nappy changes with a refluxy baby though so not a complete waste of money!

SadieContrary Fri 06-Oct-17 13:09:14

Umbrella, my LO is 6mths and super long (off the percentile charts) so that's why I swapped now. She sleeps like a dream in it.

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