The Rock n’ Play Sleeper – Loved by parents, dreaded by pediatricians and therapist, alike!

The Rock n’ Play Sleeper – That’s right, “sleeper” is far from a safe sleeping position.  It is not firm and it is certainly not flat. We all know that.

However, parents are still using it.  It is rated 4.6/5 stars on Amazon with over 650 reviews, most of them saying it is the best thing ever made for sleep deprived parents.

Well, if the fear of SIDs doesn’t change a parent’s mind, (because it won’t ever happen to me, right??) then, maybe, just maybe, this will:

The American Academy of Pediatrics published a cohort study in 2013 in which 46.6% of infants presented with positional plagiocephaly (flat head).  The study concluded “that parental education about how to prevent the development of positional plagiocephaly (flat head) is warranted”.

Do parents know what could happen if their infant spends too much time in a supine (on their back) positioner?

If torticollis (tight neck muscles) develops, then physical therapy 2 times per week. What new mom has time for that?

And possibly a helmet to reshape the skull in severe cases…  Did you know?? These helmets cost over $1,600.00 and most insurance companies do not cover the cost.  What new mom has money for that?

Furthermore, the infant needs to wear the helmet for 23 hours a day! What new mom wants their baby in a helmet all day?  It is hard to snuggle into mom’s neck with a helmet on your head – no doubt!

I hope you find this this information to be another tool that can be used to help keep your baby safe!

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