Have you heard of positional plagiocephaly? It’s also known as flat head syndrome, and is becoming increasingly common in infants. The skull, which is very soft in an infant, becomes flattened on one side, usually from lying in the same position over long periods of time. The “back-to-sleep” campaign, put in place to reduce the risk of SIDS, has potentially increased the appearance of this problem. You may have seen babies wearing helmets to reshape their skulls. The helmets are expensive and insurance companies often won’t cover the costs. The best way to handle positional plagiocephaly is to avoid it.
Nightform is the first FDA-approved product designed to prevent positional plagiocephaly and, according to the manufacturer, can also help reduce the risk of SIDS. It is a simple sleep-positioner designed for use in the bassinet or crib for the first few months of the infant’s life. Each side of the Nightform has a foam insert that can be rotated to create a slightly different sleeping position thereby distributing the pressure to different parts of the skull over time.
** The Nightform Sleep Positioner seems to be unavailable. I’ll update with new information when I have it.