New parents often find it challenging to put their infant to sleep. While there are many techniques to help your baby go to sleep, one thing you should never do is put your child in an inclined baby rocker. When 14 baby deaths were linked to their use, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued warnings last month.
Fisher-Price rockers were involved in thirteen of the fatalities between 2009 and 2021, while Kids2 rockers were involved in one death in 2019.
Like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the CPSC warns that these items should not be used while sleeping. If your infant falls asleep in a rocking chair, you should immediately place them in a crib or other safe sleeping arrangement. Babies need a flat, sturdy place to sleep, like a crib, bassinet, or play yard.
Should I throw the rockers?
Babies love rockers because they are so cozy and relaxing. Babies like to be held close and at a slight recline. However, rockers have a tendency to be a bit too relaxing. They are dangerous if they put your baby to sleep. It’s dangerous to put a sleeping infant in an inclined position because their head can slip forward, putting pressure on their airway. A positional asphyxiation death can occur if the infant does not have the neck strength to reposition and cannot wake up to cry for aid.
To what extent, then, do you need a baby rocker? Do you need to get rid of it if you already have one? Perhaps, but probably not.
Babies can spend the day in rockers if they are awake and properly belted in. In contrast, it’s advisable to get rid of these gadgets if the parent is likely to be tempted to use them at odd hours, such as while the kid is sleeping or while the house is quiet.
Can Newborns Sit in Rocking Chairs Safely?
A rocking chair is not a good choice for a newborn, unless it’s only going to be there for a short while. The issue is that the infant is only awake for short periods—typically when feeding. If you place your infant in a rocking chair, he may fall asleep within a few minutes. Parents are more likely to resort to a dangerous sleeping arrangement when they are weary and desperate.
Your infant will start to stay awake for longer stretches as they develop and mature. As a result, you’ll learn more about their nocturnal habits. After waking up from a long morning nap and chugging down 4 ounces of milk, a 4-month-old will likely be awake and aware for at least an hour and a half. Choose a time when you are fairly confident that your baby will not fall asleep in the rocker so that you can use it to make dinner or tend to the other children. If you use a rocking chair, you should always keep an eye on your baby.
Be aware that babies should only spend a limited period of time in containment devices, such as a rocker, even though they can spend some awake time there. These are things like high chairs, car seats, rockers, and bouncers. Physical growth can be stunted by prolonged exposure to confinement, so these devices should only be utilized when absolutely necessary.
Infants’ Sleep Safety
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants should always be placed in a flat position when sleeping in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. The infant’s sleep area should just contain the baby and a pacifier. No soft items such as pillows, blankets, or plush animals are allowed. The same room as their parents is fine, but they shouldn’t share a bed.
The AAP last revised its recommendations in June of this year. The new information further highlights the risks associated with co-sleeping and using a product that does not adhere to the CPSC’s safe sleep guidelines, such as a mattress that is not flat and firm for infants. Baby rocking chairs with an angle are included.
Weighted swaddles and similar products marketed to parents are discouraged in the new recommendations. Swaddling in a regular receiving blanket is fine for newborns, but it shouldn’t be done past the point where the baby begins to turn over, or after eight weeks of age at the latest.
Babies should never be allowed to fall asleep in an incline rocker. Positional asphyxiation is a possible outcome. It’s okay to leave your baby in the rocking chair for short periods of time, as long as you keep a close check on them and don’t let them fall asleep. Avoid using a rocker if you don’t think your infant can stay awake in it. Since newborns spend the vast majority of their time sleeping, rockers should be avoided until at least the two-minute mark.