Most of us caregivers can probably say that they’ve woken up in the middle of the night, unable to fall asleep again until we’ve made sure our baby is breathing. I remember shortly after my oldest was born, bawling through a story about a mom who lost her child to a blanket over the face, and I wasn’t able to sleep well again for days even though I was careful to always use sleep sacks instead of blankets.
weThe June 2022 CPSC rule for sleep products looks to reduce the risk of these kinds of deaths through tighter regulation of sleep surfaces for infants. The rule makes it unlawful to sell non-compliant infant sleep products, and applies to products manufactured on or after June 23rd, 2022. The rule targets inclined sleepers, which must have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or lower.
The rule further details that any product marketed or intended for sleep must meet one or more of the federal safety standards for cribs, bassinets, cradles, play yard, or bedside sleepers. Products with inclined or adjustable seat back positions that are covered by other CPSC standards, such as infant bouncer seats, strollers, hand-held carriers, frame carriers, and infant swings are excluded, unless the product is specifically marketed for infant sleep for an infant up to 5 months of age. Read more about it here.
If you have a sleep product intended for infants up to 5 months of age, please make sure it has an appropriate sleep angle. Products marketed or intended for sleep that do not comply to this rule cannot be consigned at Half-Pint.