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JPMA Voices Concern About Regulatory Overreach with Non-Sleep Products

Thursday, January 20, 2022   (2 Comments)

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has worked with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and through the ASTM process for decades to enhance product safety for babies and young children. JPMA and its member companies are committed to advancing product safety standards in collaboration with industry, consumer advocates and regulators, as well as supporting parents in the selection and safest use of baby products.

 

Using baby products as specified by the manufacturer is critical to ensuring baby’s safety. Juvenile products manufacturers strive to provide easy to follow product use instructions and labeling that make clear the intended use and warn against unsafe, unintended uses.
Recent “stop use” advisories for infant loungers based on reports of unintended use is a matter of great concern. Loungers and other activity related products offer great benefit, aiding parents and caregivers when used correctly by providing a safe option for supervised infant care. They should remain available to parents and not be reviewed against the standards for sleep products, as they are not designed, intended or marketed for unsupervised overnight sleep or napping.

Specific to the Leachco Podster® and related products, the CPSC’s own regulations confirm that infant loungers are not regulated in the sleep category. Yet, that is the basis the agency is using to warn parents to stop using the products altogether, while failing to act to further educate parents on the critical importance of only using baby products as intended.

JPMA and our members are committed to providing innovative, safe products to support the parenting journey. We will continue to work through the ASTM process to develop safety standards for infant loungers, as we have for a broad array of activity and sleep intended products, recognizing the value to families.

JPMA strongly urges all parents and caregivers to follow pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended safe sleep practices. The safest place for a baby during unattended sleep or napping is in a crib, bassinet, play yard or bedside sleeper with nothing more than a firm mattress covered in a snug fitted sheet. Nothing else should ever be placed in the crib with baby, and that includes comfort items such as blankets, pillows and stuffed animals. Products not intended for sleep, including infant loungers, should never be placed inside a crib, bassinet or other sleep area.

 

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Comments...

Locker, Greenberg, and Brainin says...
Posted Friday, January 21, 2022
The problem with CPSC’s Release is that it treats unreasonable misuse of such products in cribs and beds with other bedding as reasonable behavior; when it is clearly not
Locker, Greenberg, and Brainin says...
Posted Friday, January 21, 2022
The problem with CPSC’s Release is that it treats unreasonable misuse of such products in cribs and beds with other bedding as reasonable behavior; when it is clearly not

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