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Amazon continues sales of baby sleep positioners despite suffocation fears.

RETAIL giant Amazon is continuing to sell baby sleep positioners despite fears they can cause babies to suffocate.

Several other firms, including John Lewis and Tesco, have removed the products from their websites after US authorities issued a fresh warning, saying they were unsafe.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked the products to at least 12 baby deaths in America - which occurred when babies rolled from their side to their front and suffocated.

The positioners, which are sometimes called nests or wedges, are intended to keep the baby in one place on their back and are marketed as suitable for use up to six months of age.

Some parents use them hoping their baby will sleep longer due to the infant feeling cosy or "cocooned", while others believe they cut the symptoms of reflux.

While some retailers have taken action to remove the products from their websites, others, including Amazon and Jo Jo Maman Bebe, still have them for sale.

A spokeswoman for Jo Jo Maman Bebe said it was still selling the products but was "investigating the issue as a matter of urgency with our suppliers."

A spokeswoman for Amazon, which still has a range of sleep positioner products for sale, said the firm would not be commenting.

John Lewis has removed the Cocoonababy Sleep Positioner from sale. It still has a range of "nests" and "pods" for sale.

A statement from John Lewis said: "We have one baby sleep positioner and we are removing it from sale."

A Tesco spokesman said: "We have removed these products from our website."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 7, 2017
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