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Infant inclined sleep products are free-standing products with an inclined sleep surface. They are primarily intended and marketed to provide sleeping accommodations for an infant up to five months old, or when the infant begins to roll over or pull up on sides, whichever comes first.
All infant inclined sleep products, as described above, are restricted. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has advised that this type of infant sleep product should not be used due to risk of injury, asphyxiation, and suffocation. More information is available on the CPSC website.
Infant inclined sleep products fall into four categories, as outlined by the CPSC’s proposed rule, and include those listed below.
A framed-type inclined sleep product is a self-supporting product with a semi-rigid sleeping surface. These products can be either stationary, or allow for manual and/or automated rocking.
Infant sleep hammocks are typically constructed of fabric and suspended from two or more points across a crib, or suspended from a stand or ceiling. These products typically conform to the shape of the child. However, some designs use a mat, mattress, or other type of semi-rigid sleep surface to maintain product form.
Compact inclined sleep products, also known as infant sleep recliners, are typically constructed of foam and placed on the floor or in cribs. These products are considered free-standing, with the bottom of the seat a maximum of 15 cm above the floor.
Accessory inclined sleep products are intended to provide sleeping accommodations for infants or newborns. These products are attached to, or supported in some way, by another product and can be either fixed or adjustable. An inclined sleep accessory is typically a rigid frame product that has a stationary or fixed base. In some cases, inclined sleep product accessories can be removed and used alone.
In addition to the four product types listed above, infant inclined sleep accessories are also restricted. This includes replaceable parts, such as mats or device modules.