Can your baby sleep in a sitting or upright position?

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Fisher-Price rockers pose a risk to infants if left alone or unrestrained.

Health Canada insists that Fisher-Price infant-to-toddler and newborn-to-toddler rockers should never be used for infant sleep, after 13 deaths were reported in the United States between 2009 and 2021 .

Due to the tilt of the product, babies are at risk of suffocation if left unattended. Sleeping in a seated position can cause the infant’s head to fall forward, making it difficult to breathe.

“If your baby falls asleep in this product, move him to a safe surface intended for sleeping, such as a crib, cradle or bassinet,” Health Canada said in a news release.

While no deaths related to rockers have been reported in Canada, parents are still reminded that gaming products are not intended for sleep.

Ensuring your child sleeps in a safe environment and on their back reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Sleep environments should always be a firm, flat surface with a fitted sheet; no gap between mattress or sides without loose bedding, pillows or toys.

According to a Safe Sleep brochure, even babies who spit up frequently are safer when they sleep on their backs.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Fisher-Price has sold more than 17 million rockers worldwide since the 1990s. The CPSC finalized new regulations on June 23, requiring sleep products infants have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less.

Parents are encouraged to report any incidents involving the scales to Fisher-Price at 1-800-432-5437 or by completing the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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