Just like you, as new parents, and also as healthcare providers, safety was our number one priority when we decided to share our sleeper with mothers.
Our initial prototype had a buckle restraint which we subsequently removed after we discovered that it restricted our daughter's movement. We saw firsthand how a restraint could entrap an active baby, who is able to roll around, in an uncomfortable position and increase the baby’s risk of strangulation. Unfortunately, this has happened in the past with some sleep positioners that were recalled from the market because they caused some babies' death!
We agree with the AAP’s (American Academy of Pediatricians) recommendation that all babies should sleep on their backs, but we disagree that the flat sleeping position is better than an inclined position.
Unfortunately, many mothers have been told by their healthcare providers that only the flat position is safe for their babies. No data has shown that sleeping flat is better or safer than sleeping inclined and we disagree with the false premise that the slanted position is unsafe for babies. Our product was designed to promote your baby’s safe sleep.
The AAP also claims that the inclined position has no effect on reflux, we also disagree with this false claim. Every pregnant woman knows that sleeping flat worsens reflux and heartburn. Reflux is the same with your baby. If you have any doubt about this assertion, feed your baby and lay him/her down immediately, you will confirm that the flat position really does induce reflux. Several studies have looked at the inclined position and concluded that you need a minimum of 30 degrees to have an appreciable improvement on reflux in newborn babies. This is the degree of slant on the Faniks Baby Sleeper. Mothers, trust your instinct and do what's best for your baby. Our product has an increasing incline that reduces your baby’s risk of reflux and spitting up. Please note that every inclined bed tends to cause babies to slide down and we’ve had some parents complain about this issue. However, many mothers simply wedge a small cushion or pillow at the base of the sleeper to prevent this issue. Fortunately, when babies slide down our sleeper, their head is still kept safely inclined. Please read these top 10 ways to prevent reflux in your newborn.
Aspiration (the fancy medical term for food entering the lungs )
The AAP also claims that aspiration does not cause SIDS. This claim is based on evidence from autopsy reports on babies who died from SIDS.
The most frequent diagnosis, written by pathologists, in these reports, was “Asphyxia”–a fancy medical term for lack of oxygen.
The pathologists will rather make this convenient diagnosis of asphyxia, even when food is discovered in the windpipe and lungs since they cannot be sure of when the food entered the lungs; Did the aspiration happen before or after death? Was the aspiration due to resuscitation?
Mothers, if the pathologists are hesitant to write “aspiration,” as the cause of SIDS, because they can’t be certain if the aspiration was the cause or effect of death, doesn't mean that aspiration cannot cause SIDS! If you’ve seen a baby turn blue and pale after choking on food, you will know that reflux isn't harmless.
Please be warned, the incidence of SIDS has not declined in recent years, since the initial decline noticed after the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1994. Aspiration from reflux is one of the silent causes of SIDS that continues to be ignored. We’ve been selling our sleeper since 2018 and we are yet to have any report of SIDS or adverse events related to our product. Mothers, do what’s best for your baby.
The current sleeper fabric cover is hypoallergenic, waterproof and safe. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve our product's comfort, and we’re currently working on a thicker crease-free fabric that will also be as safe for your baby.
This sleeper’s foam complies with the CPSC as well as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) (F3118-15) safety specification for infant inclined sleep products. The mattress is made of firm high-density foam and is free of lead, phthalates, fire retardants, and other chemicals that could be harmful to your baby.
We know that our sleeper is comfortable. We know it will keep babies sleeping on their back, prolong their sleep and reduce their spitting up. But more importantly, a baby mattress must be safe. We affirm that the Faniks Baby Sleeper is safe and is currently trusted by numerous mothers, who attest to the difference it has made in their baby’s sleep. We’ve been selling our sleeper since 2018 and we are yet to have any report of SIDS or adverse events related to our product. Your baby’s safety is our number one priority.
If you have any further questions or concerns about the sleeper, you may contact us or visit the FAQ section of our website or watch this video on the 3 most frequently asked questions about the sleeper. You may also benefit from our Parenting tips such as the top 10 ways to prevent reflux in your newborn.
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