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Infant Inclined Sleepers and Beds

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Which Law Firm Can Handle Injuries Caused By Infant Inclined Sleepers and Beds?

Children deserve a safe, comfortable place to sleep – and parents should never have to worry about a child’s safety while they are resting. However, dangerous beds, sleepers, cribs, nests, and pods find their way to online retailers and store shelves each and every year. A popular baby shower gift, these potentially defective products can have flaws unknown to the general public until an infant or child suffers a personal injury or even finds themselves a victim of wrongful death.

The attorneys at Schiffman Firm have successfully represented children, newborns, infants, toddlers, and their families, in lawsuits seeking compensation for serious injuries or death caused by defective and dangerous infant inclined sleepers and beds. With our extensive experience in dealing with defective products, we know how to litigate and navigate these important and complex legal cases. Our team partners with industry-leading experts and consultants to deliver a creative and hands-on approach to every defective product case we take.

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If your baby or an infant you care for has been injured or killed by a dangerous and defective product, find the right attorneys at Schiffman Firm. We have achieved millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts which have gone to the benefit of injured children and their families.

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An introduction

What Is an Infant Inclined Sleeper Bed?

An inclined sleeper bed is a product marketed towards parents and new families that allows babies and newborns to sleep at a 30-degree angle. Sometimes referred to as a baby nest, dock, pod, lounger, rocker, or napper – these have been a popular item on baby and wedding registry lists.

Unfortunately, these products have been the subject and primary cause of many infant injuries and child deaths.

Beginning in the middle 0f 2022 these products will be regulated by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), but this still leaves many of these dangerous and defective products on store shelves and in homes.

Falls and Restricted Airways

Why are Inclined Baby Sleepers and Infant Beds So Dangerous?

According to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), any sleep product that positions a newborn or infant at an incline greater than 10 degrees is not safe 1 and could lead to personal injury and even death. In fact, inclined infant sleepers have accounted for nearly 100 deaths since their inception 2.

  1. Safe Sleep – Cribs and Infant Products – Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  2. Inclined Sleepers and Other Baby Registry Items to Avoid – HealthyChildren.org

What type of injuries are seen in infants and babies in accidents caused by inclined infant sleepers and beds?

Restricted airways

Infants placed in an inclined sleeper or bed may fall asleep in a chin-to-chest position.

This position can restrict their airways and disrupt their breathing – causing death and even brain injuries due to lack of oxygen.


Most inclined infant sleepers featured softer padding and cushions. While this can be marketed as a comfort feature, infants and babies can suffer suffocation leading to death after rolling onto their stomachs.

This soft padding can make it difficult to breathe if a baby’s face becomes pressed against the padding and the infant cannot raise their head.


Inclined infant sleepers and beds present a fall hazard as a newborn or baby can roll out of the device. Not only is the height of a potential cause for concern, but the infant could also potentially become trapped under the sleeper if a fall occurs.

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What Are Some Dangerous and Recalled Infant Inclined Sleepers?

Currently, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) is cautioning consumers to avoid inclined infant sleepers and beds.

In June 2021 the CPSC approved a federal safety standard for all infant sleep products. These guidelines will take effect in the middle of 2022 and will help remove all potentially dangerous baby and newborn sleep products like inclined sleepers, in-bed sleepers, loungers, and travel/compact sleepers.

Once the new regulations begin, these products will have to meet the same rigorous standards put forth by the CPSC that other products like cribs, bassinets, play yards, and bedside sleepers have to follow.

However, this means that some of those dangerous infant sleeper beds are still on the market.

If your child or a child you care about has suffered an injury caused by a dangerous or defective inclined infant sleeper bed, contact the personal injury attorneys at Schiffman Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania today for a review of your case.

What are some defective, dangerous, and recalled inclined infant sleeper beds?

Source: Guide to Recalled Infant Inclined Sleepers, Nappers, and Loungers – Consumer Reports

What should I do if I own a defective or recalled product?

What should I do if I own a recalled Rock ‘n Play Sleepers by Fisher Price?

The Fisher Price Rock ‘n Play line of infant and baby sleepers was originally recalled on April 12, 2019, when nearly 30 deaths were reported after infants rolled onto their stomachs or side while unrestrained.

Since the original recall, about 70 additional fatalities have been reported taking the total count to almost 100 infant deaths.

If you or someone you know owns one of these dangerous and defective products, please stop using them immediately.

The official CPSC.gov recall notice can be found here.

Additional news coverage:

  • “Baby sleeper recalls reissued after more infants died” (Axios)
  • “100 Infant Deaths Linked to Recalled Fisher-Price Sleeper” (The New York Times)
  • “Fisher-Price recalls Rock ‘n Play Sleepers again after 8 more deaths” (CNN)

Nests, Docks, Pods, Loungers

What Are Some Types of Inclined Infant Sleepers and Beds?

Inclined infant sleepers is a broad term for a baby sleeping product that positions the infant at an angle of 30 degrees.

These products can go be some different terms including:

  • Baby nests
  • Docks
  • Pods
  • Loungers
  • Rockers
  • Nappers
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What Should I Do if I Own an Inclined Infant Sleeper Bed?

If you own a recalled infant sleeper bed, baby nest, dock, pod, lounger, rocker, or napper – stop using it immediately. Do not donate the item or give it to any other family.

If you need to speak to a personal injury attorney about an infant or child that was injured by an inclined infant sleeper contact Schiffman Firm in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our attorneys are experts in representing families and other victims that have been injured by dangerous and defective products. Our team will review your case for free and fight hard to ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve.

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