In Canada, it's called the Rock 'N Play "Soothing Seat"—not "Sleeper"--because of our strict regulations on sleep products for infants, it's not allowed to be marketed as a "sleeper". Which also means that when the product was recalled in the United States this month because of 32 deaths over eight years, it wasn't recalled in Canada. But it's the same product.
Does a name really make a difference in how parents use a product? How can desperation drive parents to let their children sleep in ways that might be unsafe, just because they work? Are these deaths actually due to the product, or just the kind of unimaginable tragedies that sometimes happen, multiplied by millions and millions of products sold?
GUESTS: Ariel Brewster and Claire Gagne, Today's Parent