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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.
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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.
- Safe Sleep – Cribs and Infant Products – Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- 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?
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.
FisherPrice Rock 'n Play, Evenflo Pillo Portable Nappers
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?
- Baby Matter Nap Nanny and Chill Infant Recliners (June 13, 2013)
About 165,000 sleepers were recalled after five infant deaths were linked to the products. A sixth death was reported after the recall, in 2014.
- Delta Inclined Sleepers With Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns (January 29, 2020)
About 5,900 sleepers were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar products.
- Dorel Juvenile Group’s Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet & Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet (July 31, 2019)
About 24,000 sleepers were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar products.
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper (January 29, 2020)
About 3,100 sleepers were recalled in the U.S. because of infant fatalities linked to similar products. About 1,100 were recalled in Canada because they didn’t meet the country’s regulations for bassinets, cradles, and cribs.
- Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper (April 12, 2019)
About 4.7 million sleepers were recalled in the U.S. because of more than 30 reported fatalities. In Canada, there were two recalls: one involving about 2,000 products sold from December 2009 to February 2011, and the other involving about 600 products sold between January 2018 and April 2019. (The recall does not apply to Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Soothing Seats, almost identical products sold in Canada but not marketed for sleep.)
- Fisher-Price inclined sleeper accessory sold with Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards (June 27, 2019)
About 71,000 sleepers were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar products.
- Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ’n Glide Soothers (June 3, 2021)
About 120,000 soothers were recalled after four infant deaths were linked to the products.
- Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Soothe ’n Play Gliders (June 3, 2021)
About 55,000 gliders were recalled after infant fatalities were linked to similar products.
- Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seats (January 29, 2020)
About 111,000 sleepers were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar products.
- Graco inclined sleeper accessories included with four playard models (December 16, 2020)
About 51,000 sleepers were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar products.
- Kids II Rocking Sleepers, such as the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper and the Bright Starts Playtime to Bedtime Rocking Sleeper (April 26, 2019)
About 694,000 sleepers were recalled after the company’s sleepers were linked to five infant fatalities.
- Kolcraft Cuddle ‘n Care 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleepers and the Preferred Position 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleepers (February 20, 2020)
About 51,000 inclined sleeper accessories sold with two bassinets were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar inclined sleepers.
- Sumr Brands SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleepers (January 29, 2020)
About 46,300 sleepers were recalled because of infant fatalities linked to similar inclined sleepers.
Source: Guide to Recalled Infant Inclined Sleepers, Nappers, and Loungers – Consumer Reports
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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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