Millions of infant sleepers recalled
If you have an inclined sleeper for your baby, make sure it hasn’t been the subject of any recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Even if it’s not among the millions of products that have been recalled this year, there are serious questions being raised about whether it’s safe to use any inclined sleeper-style bed or chair. Read the latest news and recalls, and learn why many parents and pediatricians say that the products should be pulled from the market entirely.
What makes inclined sleepers dangerous?
Inclined sleepers gained popularity because they’re light, inexpensive and may have built-in diversions like melodies and lights to soothe the baby. However, the inclined position may allow the baby to shift onto their back or side – positions that can inhibit their breathing. According to the CPSC, over 50 infant fatalities have occured due to asphyxiation in inclined sleepers.
These fatalities spurred the recall of millions of products, yet many more remain on the market from major baby brands. When Safety.com reached out to the CPSC for comment, we were referred to a 2018 advisory urging parents: “Always use restraints and stop using these products as soon as an infant can roll over.”
On the other hand, medical experts say that restraints themselves can pose an issue, parents aren’t always aware when their infant first becomes able to roll over, and that the inclined position can make it easier to do so. According to a study published in Pediatrics, only some of the inclined sleeper deaths struck unrestrained babies.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its members regularly and vociferously speak out against the use of inclined sleepers. “The AAP does not recommend inclined sleep products like the Rock ‘n Play, or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby,” it said in a statement.
“Inclined infant sleepers are dangerous and have no place in a safe sleep environment...We urge [the CPSC] to eliminate this product category altogether so these deadly products are no longer available.” testified Ben Hoffman, MD, chairperson of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention Executive Committee, according to Consumer Reports.
Which inclined sleepers have been recalled?
Here’s a round-up of the inclined sleepers that were recalled since the beginning of 2019, with links to the CPSC pages that list precise models and instructions on how to contact the products’ manufacturers for a refund or voucher.
- The Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet and Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet from Dorel Juvenile Group USA – 24,000 units
- Fisher-Price Inclined Sleeper Accessory Included with Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yard – 71,000 units
- All models of Kids II Rocking Sleepers – 694,000 units
- Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers – 4.7 million units
Are other inclined sleepers safe to use?
If you own any of the above products, stop using them immediately. If you own a similar product that has not been recalled, take its risks seriously. As the Washington Post points out, these products were introduced to the market with relatively little safety testing, and their use has led to many tragic fatalities.
We believe it’s better to avoid those risks altogether. Instead, put babies to bed in cribs, bassinets, or play yards that fit the AAP’s safe sleep recommendations. We have a number of guides available to help you make the safest choices for your family: