Regrettably, what you say during a media interview is not always what is aired. Once the camera stops rolling, you have no control over what ends up on the cutting room floor, and what airs; often what happens is that a sound bite is aired without the full context and therefore you end up being misrepresented. I was deeply disappointed to see that is what happened to me tonight.
Unfortunately over 90% of what I said in a media interview was edited out. My most important message that I stressed again and again was that the safest place for a baby to sleep is still in a crib. Over 515 deaths have occurred with infants sleeping in adult beds rather than cribs. I also said that most manufacturers are deeply committed to creating safe, high quality products for babies and I do believe this. The media loves to create hype and instill fear – it’s what sells. Scaring parents into deciding not to place their baby in a crib is putting them at a far greater risk for death or injury.
Why I choose to work with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is precisely because there were no laws in place. The only voluntary testing has been done by the JPMA. Companies who decide to have their products go through this rigorous testing, want to bring the safest products to market. Any company I have chosen to work with is one that I believe shares my passion for saving babies lives.
To close, please understand that I am foremost a bereaved mother, and my loss of a child drives my commitment every waking moment. I stand by what I said in my interview – that most manufacturers deeply care about the safety of children and that the safest place for a baby is in a crib.