The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a proposed rule that would establish mandatory performance and labeling requirements for nursing pillows. Comments on this proposal are due by Nov. 27.
According to the CPSC, nursing pillows are infant products intended to position and support an infant during breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Most are filled with synthetic batting or foam but products filled with cotton, wool, or dried grains are available. Many come with removable fabric covers, and some have small infant head support bolsters or fabric toys attached.
Nursing pillows generally rest upon or are worn by the caregiver while seated or partially reclined. They are most commonly C-, U-, or crescent- (or horseshoe-) shaped to fit closely around the caregiver’s torso. However, other designs exist, including a V-shaped or boomerang-shaped product, a round pod with a recessed center to support the infant, a stack of multiple petal-shaped pillows attached to a central tubular pillow, and E-shaped products for twins. Some include a strap or belt, sometimes with a buckle, to secure the product to the caregiver’s body, and a few have restraints that attach the infant to the product.
If finalized, this rule would require nursing pillows to comply with product registration requirements for durable infant or toddler products as well as testing and certification requirements for children’s products.
For more information on compliance with this and other product safety standards, please contact Beth Ring at (212) 549-0133 or Ned Steiner at (202) 730-4970.
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