Health Canada warns public of suffocation risks with baby nests

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NEW! Health Canada warns that products known as baby nests or baby pods are not safe and may pose a suffocation hazard. Likewise in America, baby nests/pods do not meet the safe sleep standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics because of their soft and pillow-like sides.

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Cribs for Kids works to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant death

by Tony Garcia Tuesday, June 20th 2017 

The Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative works to help parents and caregivers reduce the risk of sleep-related infant death. (Photo provided) 


LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — The Cribs for Kids National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative works to help parents and caregivers reduce the risk of sleep-related infant death.

Kim Amato, founder of Baby’s Bounty and the Southwest Community Program coordinator for Cribs for Kids®


  1. A- Alone: Not with other people, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals.
  2. B- on my Back: Not on the stomach or side.
  3. C- in my Crib: Not on an adult bed, sofa, cushion or other soft surface.

    Other tips

  • Do use a firm crib mattress covered by a fitted sheet designed for specific product.
  • Do put your baby’s crib in the same room as your bed (room sharing).
  • Do use a pacifier for sleep.
  • Do keep your baby’s immunizations up to date.
  • Don’t use a car seat, swing, bouncy seat, stroller, infant carrier.
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby (co-sleeping).
  • Don’t hang the pacifier around your baby’s neck.

Portsmouth Hospital receives National Safe Sleep Certification

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Regional Hospital was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Silver Safe Sleep Leader” for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. It is one of the first hospitals in New Hampshire to receive the title.

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. In addition to being Cribs for Kids partners, Portsmouth Regional Hospital was recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing training programs for parents, staff and the community.

The National Sleep Hospital Certification Program is well-aligned with the Maternal Child Health Bureau’s vision of reducing infant mortality through the promotion of infant sleep safety as outlined in Infant Mortality CoIIN Initiative. Thirty-six states have designated SIDS/SUID/SRD as their emphasis to reduce infant mortality.

For information on the Cribs for Kids® National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program visit ;

Portsmouth Regional Hospital is a 209-bed acute care hospital located in Portsmouth, and is part of HCA — the nation’s largest provider of healthcare services. Portsmouth Regional Hospital serves the Seacoast region’s residents in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts and also is one of the area’s largest employers. Portsmouth Regional Hospital is the only Level II Trauma Center on the Seacoast and one of only three in New Hampshire to earn this important distinction. For information about Portsmouth’s services and physicians, visit

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs, Kids In Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters and health departments.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital Newsroom

Are Cardboard Boxes Safe and Effective?

STATEMENT:  Dr. Rachel Moon, MD FAAP
Source: ASIP Listserv

January 30, 2017 – “We’ve gotten lots of inquiries about the baby boxes. Our understanding is that the state of New Jersey is working with the Baby Box company to try to distribute a baby box to all mothers of newborn infants in New Jersey.

Our understanding from our colleagues in New Jersey is that there is no research that will be happening as these boxes are given out. That is a real shame. We need to know what, if anything, about the boxes is effective, and what, if anything, is ineffective or even potentially a limitation to their use. The best type of study would be a randomized controlled trial, but even information about if the boxes are being used, how they are being used, and any impact on parent-reported sleep practices would be helpful. We need to have the research to guide our future efforts.  In this case, it appears that the enthusiasm and excitement (which is good) has outpaced the knowledge that we have.

There really is no evidence for these boxes. All industrialized countries have shown similar dramatic falls in infant mortality over the 20th century for numerous reasons, including improved nutrition, sanitation, immunizations, antibiotics, perinatology, and intensive care nurseries.  Please see graphs of the infant mortality rates in the 20th century in Finland and the U.S.

Finland has never studied the baby box, and although their infant mortality rate is lower than some other industrialized countries, there are many other reasons for their low infant mortality rates. For example, it is very possible that the Finnish boxes, because they are given as an incentive to get women into early prenatal care, are effective because of good prenatal care. Who knows? If that’s the case, then giving them to parents after the baby is born may have very little impact.

In the January 2017 issue of Pediatrics, a group from New Zealand has published their first report about the wahakura (a “safe sleep space” woven from flax consistent with indigenous culture), which showed that babies in wahakuras did not have more dangerous sleep situations than those in bassinets – and they breastfed more. New Zealand has some data to suggest that there are declining SUID rates in areas that have implemented wahakura and pepi-pods (a non-indigenous similar sleep space – looks like a Rubbermaid plastic under-bed storage container). However, there is an entire education program and community outreach program that accompanies these sleep spaces. So again, it is difficult to know what is making a difference.

Currently, the AAP Task Force on SIDS does not believe that there is yet enough evidence to say anything about the potential benefit or dangers of using wahakuras, pepi-pods, or baby boxes.” 

Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., FAAP
Division Head
General Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Member of AAP Task Force on SIDS

Read additional quality and safety issues regarding cardboard boxes here:

Is the Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play Safe?

Additional Information:

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is NOT for sleeping

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Our Babies: Safe and Sound program receives Walmart Foundation grant

 By Carrie Hodousek in News | January 05, 2017 at 5:44PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin says she hopes the Our Babies: Safe and Sound program in West Virginia will continue to make significant strides after she leaves office.

Currently, 21 out of 27 West Virginia hospitals administer the program to help reduce and prevent infant sleep-related deaths.

“I plan to be involved with it over the next year as the remaining six hospitals come on board, so all of our birthing hospitals in West Virginia will be doing the program,” Jaeger Tomblin said after hosting her final event for the program as the First Lady. She introduced the program in 2011.

The grant will help expand the educational program Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies in state hospitals.On Thursday, the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program presented a $55,500 grant to the Our Babies: Safe and Sound initiative, which is a project of TEAM West Virginia Children.

“They will be able to expand the program to pediatricians in their offices as well as child care centers and even grandparents who take care of babies,” the First Lady said.

Last year, Jaeger Tomblin toured state hospitals to talk with doctors and parents about ways to protect infants.

“One infant death is too many in West Virginia,” she said. “Our children are our most important asset in West Virginia. As many babies as we can keep healthy and safe and have a good start is both important to the Governor and to me.” [Our Babies Safe and Sound is a national Cribs for Kids® Partner and has help to certify all hospitals in WV as GOLD SAFE SLEEP CHAMPIONS.

Becky King, co-coordinator of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound program, said every 10 days a West Virginia baby dies due to unsafe sleeping environments and practices.

“Those deaths, most often are preventable, but they’re unintentional. They’re accidents,” King told MetroNews.

Parents can follow the “ABC’s” of infant safe sleep, King said. “A” means your baby should Always sleep alone, “B” means place your baby on his or her Back for every bed time or nap time and “C” means placing your baby in a safe Crib.

King said the First Lady has been a “wonderful ambassador” to the program and hopes the Justice administration will continue the 


“She has brought a lot of visibility to our program,” King said. “She has really brought a lot of awareness and brought our program a long way.”

Walmart is the first corporate sponsor of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound program.

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