If you own a SwaddleMe By Your Bed sleeper, made by Sumr Brands, you should know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning to stop using the inclined infant bed immediately.
While the product’s manufacturer Sumr Brands has not issued a recall, it has reportedly stopped making the product, as of 2018. However, the sleeper is still being sold online and in secondary marketplaces like Facebook and Craigslist. That’s why the CPSC has issued a warning.
Based on studies they’ve done, the government agency wants consumers to know that the SwaddleMe By Your Bed, like other sleeping products that position a baby at more than a 10-degree incline, poses a suffocation risk. This is because babies’ heads can slump forward or to the side when placed in an inclined position, cutting off their airways.
In the spring of 2019, a Consumer Reports investigation linked more than 50 infant deaths to inclined sleepers. This resulted in the CPSP issuing a statement for parents and caregivers not to use inclined sleepers and in hundreds of thousands of Kids II Rocking Sleepers and Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers being recalled.
Congressman Tony Cárdenas of California introduced the Safe Sleep for Babies Act in June 2019. If passed in the Senate, the bill would prohibit the sell of any infant sleeper that has more than a 10-degree incline. The legislation has the full support of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The organization’s CEO and executive vice president, Mark Del Monte, JD said in a statement: “When it comes to sleep, the science is clear: the safest sleep environment for babies is a firm, flat, bare surface. Inclined sleep products are dangerous and should not be on the market.”
Del Monte added that the bill will bring about the necessary ban of these products, “protecting infant lives and helping prevent families from experiencing tragedy.”
However, while a law is pending, Consumer Reports and the CPSC urge anyone using the SwaddleMe By Your Bed or any other inclined baby bed to stop immediately.