North Dakota parents! There's some important news buzzing around about weighted infant sleep products you might have heard about. Big retailers like Amazon and Walmart have hit the brakes on selling them because of safety concerns.

Now, these sleep sacks and swaddles claim to help babies snooze better, which sounds like a dream come true for tired parents. But here's the thing – experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other government bodies are waving red flags.

Is weighted infant sleepwear safe?

Richard L. Trumka Jr., from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, put it bluntly: these products can mess with babies' oxygen levels during sleep, which is a big deal. He even mentioned heartbreaking stories of families who lost their little ones while using these products. It's heavy stuff.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) isn't convinced these sleepwear wonders actually work, and they're worried they might even increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by restricting babies' movement during sleep. Yikes!

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Amazon took action first, pulling these products from their shelves in early April, with Walmart following suit. But there are still some smaller retailers defending their safety, like Dreamland Baby and Nested Bean. They're saying, "Hey, we've been doing this for over a decade with no issues!"

But not everyone's convinced. Senator Richard Blumenthal even called for an investigation into these companies, citing concerns about misleading advertising.


So, what's the bottom line? Experts say if you're using one of these weighted sleep sacks, it's time to switch it out pronto. Your little one's safety is top priority, after all.

Find more do's and don'ts for baby sleep spaces here.

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