These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption The FDA's video about sleep positioners warns that "all can be dangerous" Some UK retailers have stopped selling baby sleep positioners amid concerns over their safety. A US health regulator said they "can cause suffocation that can lead to death" and have been linked to 12 infant deaths in the US. The positioners, aimed at infants under six months, are intended to keep a baby in a specific position while sleeping.
Mothercare, John Lewis, eBay, Boots and Tesco have stopped sales, but they are still available from other retailers. The Lullaby Trust, a cot death charity which advises the NHS, told BBC News that there are hundreds of baby sleep products on the market - and "parents assume that if something is for sale, it is safe to use".
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Lullaby's Jenny Ward added: The Trust does not recommend wedges or sleep positioners - regardless of other potential benefits. If, for example, parents are worried about "flat head syndrome" from babies sleeping on their backs, there are techniques that can be used - such as supervised tummy time while they are awake - that will not increase the risk of SIDS. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHere's how to put your baby to sleep safely The Food and Drug Administration in the US released a statement on Wednesday explaining that the items - often called "nests" or "anti-roll" products - have caused some babies to suffocate after rolling from their sides to their stomachs.
It 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 FDA first issued a safety warning seven years ago, saying "in light of the suffocation risk and the lack of evidence of any benefits, we are warning consumers to stop using these products". It came with a warning that it should not be used once a baby was able to turn around on their own.
Tesco, which sold sleep positioners on its website through a third party, said: The retailer said it was also removing the Cocoonababy Nest, a sleep pod, while it awaits "further advice and reassurance from the supplier". A spokesman for eBay said the website would be banning the sale of the products, adding: Sleep positioners are however still available on other websites, including Amazon, which said it would not be commenting on the issue.
A spokeswoman for Jo Jo Maman Bebe said it was still selling the products but was "investigating the issue as a matter of urgency with our suppliers". The charity has published a checklist to help new parents which can be found here.
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