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New Warnings About 'Nap Nanny' Will Crush Parents Who Swear by It (VIDEO)

by Mary Fischer on December 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Nap NannyDue to over 70 complaints from parents and the deaths of 5 babies, the manufacturer of the popular infant sleep device, the Nap Nanny, is being sued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission and asked to refund parents their money and also pull the device from store shelves.

And even if you don't own a Nap Nanny, I'm sure you've at least heard of it, because plenty of parents use them these days. The infant recliner keeps a baby all comfy and snug and supposedly helps them sleep like, well -- babies.

A lot of parents pretty much deem this thing to be a miracle device as far as getting their little ones to sleep goes, but there have been several complaints about babies falling out of the device -- and it actually was recalled once in 2010 when the first baby died while using it. After the incident, the sides of the recliner were raised, and an instructional video on how to use it was put up on the Nap Nanny website.

But after that, four more infants still died as a result of using the device.

The maker of the product is a mom, Leslie Gudel, who got the idea for the Nap Nanny when her own infant daughter refused to sleep in anything but a car seat.

Since she and her company would not agree to a voluntary recall of the product, a formal complaint was filed.

And while she is heartbroken for the parents who lost their children, she also says in a written statement:

We do not believe the complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed. The Nap Nanny should be placed on the floor with the harness secured.

She also added:

No infant using the Nap Nanny properly has ever suffered an injury requiring medical attention.

But a spokesperson for the CPSC maintains, "We believe it is a hazardous product and we are concerned about the safety of the children that are in there."

And now, I guess it's up to a judge to decide whether or not the Nap Nanny is really a danger to babies.

But regardless of the court's decision, this information is bound to break the hearts of thousands of parents who absolutely swear by the Nap Nanny and count on it to help their baby sleep, and get a few extra much needed zzz's themselves.

This thing wasn't around when my son was a baby, but I've had more than one friend tell me that the Nap Nanny has been nothing short of a miracle worker in their household.

And as the mom of a child who was a horrible sleeper as an infant, I've always kept the Nap Nanny in the back of my mind as a potential life saver I could use if I ever wound up having another baby. My first baby may not have slept, but thanks to the device that so many of my friends swear by, I figured I'd have a decent shot of having a rock star sleeper if I had a second.

But now that there are questions about the Nap Nanny's safety, I'm not sure whether I'd be as enthusiastic about trying it. And I'm sure plenty of parents who are using them right now will seriously consider giving them up and going back to traditional sleep methods and hoping for the best.

I think we just have to realize that when it comes to babies and sleep, there's really no miracle device. Being exhausted and sleep deprived is just part of the deal when you're a new parent, so there's no sense trying to fight it.

You can hear more about the complaint from the CPSC in this video clip.

Do you use a Nap Nanny, and will you stop after hearing about the possible dangers?

 

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Filed Under: baby gear, baby sleep, safety

Comments

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  • dirti...
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    dirtiekittie

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    this contraption wasn't around when my kids were babies, but even without the recall stuff - i wouldn't have used it personally. my kids actually did enjoy sleeping in the carseat, and i had no problem letting them take little naps in it on the floor at home from time to time if that's what worked. i'm not a big believer in buying fancy, one-use-tools (as alton brown would call it lol). 

    but reading the comments, it sounds like the babies who died using this thing had parents who did not secure them or the 'nap nanny' as they were supposed to. (one report was of a baby suffocating because it was in their crib, in another, the baby wasn't strapped in the harness properly). while it's a terrible tragedy, i can't help but think that if parents had followed instructions as they were supposed to, this may not have happened. but hindsight is always 20/20. what a tragedy for these families though. my heart goes out to those who have lost their babies, that's terrible. 


  • Billy...
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    BillytheMom

    December 6, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    This reminds me of the bumbo seat recall. People are up in arms because some choose to use a product incorrectly and unfortunately the results are tragic. Consumers need to take responsibility. Not to take lightly the horror of losing a child, but the litigious nature of these accusations doesn't help anyone. It merely promotes the panic and distracts from the facts - use common sense! I will continue to use our nap nanny ... on the floor, under my watchful eye!
  • amiec...
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    amiecanflie

    December 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    I had the same problem... I would've used it had I known about it. 

     


  • Nuagent
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    Nuagent

    December 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM
    I use it and it is a miracle. I use it as directed and will continue to use it. A
  • Maevelyn
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    Maevelyn

    December 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    yeah, car seats aren't safe it you don't strap your kid in or put them on counters. People. 


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    douxmusique

    December 6, 2012 at 11:32 AM
    Maybe playgrounds should be recalled as well.
  • Jana
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    Jana

    December 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    When are parents going to stop blaming the product? First people have to be told not to put the Bumbo on high surfaces. Now they have to be told that babies can fall out of a bed with no rails? My daughter fell off the couch once. Should I sue the couch manufacturer? Or perhaps the estate of Isaac Newton? Neither of them specifically warned me about the dangers of falling!

    It's tragic about what happened to these families. But sometimes accidents happen and there is no one at fault.
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    Austin Keenan

    December 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    If it's true that the deaths only occur when it's not used properly it doesn't make sense to pull it unless it's complicated or unweildy to use it properly (i.e. likely that people will occassionally not take the care they need to).   

    But I'd want to see all the details about the deaths and the companies response to each,   not just a generic "if you use it properly" statement.   


  • bobek
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    bobek

    December 6, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    How is this different from any bouncy seat, just without the bounce? People are just dumb for buying it ($130?!) and some are dumber for not using it properly. How about we ban all baby products, because some dumbass will find a way how to misuse it.


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    Sirena Robinson

    December 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I can see that being a great thing for babies with GERD, that have to sleep on their either on their stomachs or sitting up so that they don't have acide reflux during the night. My DD preferred her swing to anything else, so we never tried it. There are some people who will use ANYTHING incorrectly. That doesn't mean the product is flawed.


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