Paediatricians warn against the use of weighted sleep sacks for babies claiming they pose an 'unsafe' risk

The popular night-time comforter might work well with adults but here's why there could be a greater risk with infant use

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Paediatricians have warned families against the use of weighted sleep sacks for babies as they claim they pose an 'unsafe' risk.

When trying to find ways of how to get a baby to sleep, exhausted parents will try anything from buying the best cod bed to best cot mattresses and creating a newborn sleep schedule.

And weighted sleep sacks for infants, like weighted blankets in general have become increasingly popular over the last few years and for some families they have become the go to aside from best baby sleeping bags - including the Jojo Maman Bebe sleeping bag.

But the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has issued a warning about the use of weighted baby sleep sacks among infants.

 Around 3,400 infants die every year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)  and as part of a new campaign the AAP wants to raise awareness among families about the safety issues surrounding sleep sacks for babies.

It comes after a TikTok sleep hack came with a stark SIDS warning and parents have spoken out about the day they lost their baby.

One company that sells the weighted sleep sack explains these products are designed to reduce stress while providing security and comfort.

But in its recommendation for safe sleep the AAP warned, "Weighted swaddles, weighted clothing or weighted objects on or near the baby are not safe and not recommended.”

The AAP even sent its concerns to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, expressing opposition to the idea that companies might be able to develop their own safety standards for weighted infant sleep products, including weighted sleepers and swaddles.

It pointed out there is no scientific evidence evaluating the safety of weighted sleep products, but that preliminary data from a small study suggests they are associated with reductions in oxygen saturation levels in babies, which could harm their brain development.

AAP President Dr. Sandy L. Chung stressed, "The AAP is concerned that ongoing efforts to develop a voluntary safety standard for these weighted infant products through ASTM International will send parents and caregivers the incorrect message that these unnecessary products are safe."

She added, "While voluntary standards are appropriate for certain products, given the AAP’s clear policy regarding the danger of weighted sleep infant products, we oppose the development of any voluntary standard for these products.”

Baby sleeping in a sleep bag

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Dr. Michael Goodstein, a neonatologist, previously questioned, "Why would anyone put a weight on top of a child’s chest — particularly a newborn?”

He said parents should “shop carefully and consult with their paediatrician before buying any product that claims to improve baby health or help with sleep.”

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)