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Parents urged to stop using self-feeding pillows

Image of a baby using a self-feeding pillow

2 December 2022

Image of a baby using a self-feeding pillow
Parents in Powys that have baby self-feeding pillows are being urged by the county council to stop using them and dispose of them safely.

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has issued an urgent safety alert as self-feeding pillows/prop feeders present a risk of serious harm or death from choking or aspiration pneumonia.

Now Powys County Council's Trading Standards Service are urging parents in Powys to stop using them immediately and dispose of them safely.

Businesses in the county are also being told by Trading Standards to immediately remove these products from the market as they do not comply with the safety requirements under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

Cllr Richard Church, Cabinet Member for a Safer Powys, said: "Baby self-feeding pillow products are designed to be attached to a bottle so that the baby may be positioned on its back to self-feed without the assistance of a caregiver holding the bottle and controlling the feed.

"This is inconsistent with NHS guidance in relation to safe bottle feeding.

"When used as intended, even whilst under the supervision of a caregiver, it could lead to immediate, serious harm or death from choking or aspiration pneumonia.

"The Office for Product Safety and Standards has identified that this category of products will always be dangerous due to their design and intended use and can never be made safe.

"I would urge parents in Powys who have these products to stop using them immediately and dispose of it safely. 

"Business must also remove these products from the market and comply with their obligations under product safety law.

"Our Trading Standards Service will take appropriate action against businesses that sell baby self-feeding pillows as they do not comply with the safety requirements set down in the General Product Safety Regulations, 2005."