Nap Nanny Recall: 4 Major Stores Pull This Baby Recliner Off Their Shelves

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Another day, another scary baby product recall. Today's news is a big deal for any new parent desperate for solutions to help their babies sleep better -- in other words, every new parent. More than 150,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners have been recalled, covering Nap Nanny Generations One and Two, and the Chill model infant recliners. All were sold between 2009 and 2012.

The recall comes after at least five infant deaths and dozens of reports of children nearly falling out of the recliners. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Nap Nanny poses a serious risk to babies, due to defects in its design, warnings, and instructions.

It's important information to share, because the manufacturer hasn't actually agreed to the recall, and has now gone out of business. Unless parents hear about the recall through the major retailers pulling the Nap Nanny from their shelves, they may have no idea about the CPSC's complaints about the product.

The Nap Nanny was designed to work like an infant car seat, helping a baby lie somewhat upright to help reduce reflux or other problems.  In addition to five fatalities, the CPSC says it received nearly 100 of reports of children hanging out or nearly falling over the sides of the seats, despite usually being placed in a harness.

According to the Nap Nanny website, however, the company backs its claims that its product is safe:

The loss of an infant is an unthinkable tragedy, and I am truly heartbroken for the families who have lost a child. But the fact that infants have died “while using” the Nap Nanny improperly, such as when used in a crib where the child could suffocate on a crib bumper or a blanket, does not mean our product caused the child’s death or is hazardous.

The founder goes on to say that while the safety complaints have shut down its business, the product is still available for retailers:

The filing of CPSC’s complaint does not mean it’s illegal to sell the Nap Nanny. Anyone who wants to sell the Nap Nanny certainly can, for now. The CPSC may succeed in its attempt to legally ban the sale of the product, but there’s no telling whether that will happen or how long that will take. It matters little, because very few Nap Nannys remain on the shelves. The ongoing battle with the CPSC cost us so much money that it forced us out of business a month ago.

Some stores are still selling the recliner, but Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us have all agreed to voluntarily participate in the recall of the Nap Nanny.

Had you heard about this recall? Did your baby ever use the Nap Nanny?

Image via Nap Nanny

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nonmember avatar sara

The government is suing nap nanny to recall their product. It has not actually been recalled yet.

nonmember avatar Vanessa

The nap nanny was a lifesaver for us when our two month old developed a cold then acid reflux. We never placed it in a crib for fear the baby could fall put and hurt himself but now that it has been recalled I will sadly return it.

nonmember avatar karol

I have a 5 month old and I used the nap nanny every day and night from when he was 2 weeks old until he was 4 months old. The nap nanny chill was an absolute life saver for me. My baby when from sleeping 3 hours a night to 7 hours a night immediately. I don't agree with the recall and believe that it is perfectly safe when used as instructed and with common sense. As soon as my son started trying to sit up on his on we quit using the nap nanny. It is called a nanny but it is not meant to be used as such! Lack of parental supervision and basic common sense can make anything dangerous.

PAmom... PAmommy32

I think it would be nice if parents could use a little common sense when using products and also read the warning labels and follow directions for correct use of a product.   I have heard of cases where children suffocated in bean bags and regular blankets, do we recall all of those?  Children drown in bathtubs when not properly supervised, should we ban children from taking baths?  I am sure if we looked hard enough there would be a reason to recall almost any product but we as parents need to be vigilent and use our own good judgement when it comes to the care of our children.  I think it is a tradgedy when any child dies unnecessarily but is it the product that is at fault or are we looking for someone to blame?

nonmember avatar Audrey

Recalls drive me crazy. The product was tested before it was put on the shelves and if it is used properly it is perfectly safe. Common sense tells you not to put it in a crib and also tells you to use the safety harness that prevents falls. I highly doubt this item was the cause of 5 deaths, but misuse of this item was the cause.

nonmember avatar Heather

I agree with some of these comments. Parents really should use common sense. You would not use this for a child who would roll around a lot. It is for infants to give support and make them feel safe. I think all of these products are great but parents need to use their brains and the last of their energy from sleep deprivation and just think a few minutes before using them. They are all great just need to use your good judgement.

Lilit... Lilith825

I too agree that 9 times out of 10, it's parental lack of common sense more than a product. How many infants STILL die in a crib and yet those are touted to be "safe". I seriously hate recalls or even mandated laws imposed on the rest of us, because a stupid person was too stupid to use or do something logically, smartly, or the way it was intended to be used.

I mean, seriously . . . hair dryers have warning labels to not use in or near water.  Why?!  because someone was too stupid and probably actually used one in or near water and electrocuted or killed themselves.

If there is a weird warning label, it's a safe bet that it was because of someone's stupidity and sue happy lawyers! 

schlis schlis

You're not supposed to put a baby to sleep on anything but a firm flat mattress and you're not supposed to use infant sleep positioners. I knew as soon as i saw the product for the fitst time that it wasn't safe. This is a case of parents not following the advice of professionals and sadly paying the ultimate cost.

NewMo... NewMomma.S

The advice of professionals? They tell you to use a firm mattress and no blanket in a crib and put your baby on its back. Yet 2600 babies die a year of SIDS in their cribs life so called professionals say to do. Wish I would've had this for my baby when she was younger, she maybe wouldn't still be in bed with me now lol

nonmember avatar Marni

This recall is INFURIATING. Want to recall a product that injures and kills people including babies? Recall GUNS. The nap nanny is an absolutely wonderful product and it's a shame to see the government bullying a company out of business because it has a bigger wallet.

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