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Infant sleep positioners, pillows, and cushions

Infant sleep positioners, pillows, and cushions covered by this policy

If you list products on our store, you must comply with all federal, provincial, territorial, and local laws and our policies applicable to those products and product listings, including this policy.

Sleep positioners are meant to keep babies on their backs to sleep.

Infant cushions have soft fabric coverings and are loosely filled with a granular material such as plastic foam beads or pellets. Infant cushions are easily flattened to create a "nest," so that the infant lies prone on them. Infant cushions are capable of conforming to the face or body of an infant, and are intended or promoted for use by children under one year of age.

Of these product features, the key characteristic that likely contributes most to infant deaths is the ability of the cushions to conform to an infant's face or body.

Our policy for infant sleep positioners, pillows, and cushions

Infant sleep positioners: mat with bolsters

All "mat with bolsters"-type infant sleep positioning products are prohibited. Health Canada does not recommend using these products, because babies can suffocate on them.

Infant pillows and cushions

Infant pillows and infant cushions are not allowed for sale on our store.

Infant pillows or cushions are prohibited if they have the following features:

  • Flexible fabric covering: The term “fabric” includes those materials covered by the definition of “fabric” in section 2(f) of the Flammable Fabrics Act, 15 U.S.C. 1191(f)
  • Loosely filled with a granular material, including, but not limited to, polystyrene beads or pellets
  • Easily flattened
  • Capable of conforming to the body or face of an infant
  • Intended or promoted for use by children under one year of age
  • Makes claims to help treat or improve flat head or plagiocephaly

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