Nap Nanny Recliner Recalled After 5 Infant Deaths

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recalled nap nannyThere's nothing like a baby product recall to strike fear in the hearts of parents, and the latest comes on the heels of tragedy. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is working to pull all Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill infant recliners and covers off the market after more than 90 incidents involving the baby beds. According to the federal agency, a total of five infant deaths have been linked to the Nap Nanny.

Has your baby been sleeping in one of these? Here's what you need to know to keep your infant safe:

1. The recall is voluntary on the behalf of manufacturer Baby Matters, but it comes on the heels of an administrative case filed by the CPSC in December 2012, which sought a mandatory recall of the Nap Nanny and Chill products. These items are considered dangerous by the CPSC, and this is not a recall to be taken lightly.

2. Of the 92 incidents reported to the CPSC involving babies falling or hanging from the Nap Nanny, some even still restrained in the product's harness, there were five deaths: four infants died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death happened in the Chill model.

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3. The CPSC alleges the Nap Nanny contains a design defect and that their use presents a "risk of injury" to infants.

4. Baby Matters has gone out of business, so parents cannot turn to them for refunds. Some stores that sold the Nap Nanny --, Buy Buy Baby,, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us -- did their own voluntary recall last year, and parents may be able to get refunds from them.

5. Parents should dispose of the Nap Nanny immediately. Resale of a recalled item is against federal law.

Has your baby been napping in a Nap Nanny?


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LostS... LostSoul88

sounds like the deaths were not the products fault but the lack of parental supervision. 

nonmember avatar Christie

Exactly @LostSoul88 ! It's the same thing with the bumbo. I used one for almost EVERY spoon feeding with DS before he was hichair ready, I was shocked to find out people were having an issue with them, then I found out why. People were using them UNSUPERVISED!!! I don't know what these idiots are thiking but these products are NOT babysitters, they're are IMO meant to be the second set of hands that you sometimes need while you are with the baby.

mande... manderspanders

@LostSoul:  I agree... it seems there are more recalls on baby/child gear that have more to do with incorrect use by the parents than a true design defect that causes injury... much like the bumbos being placed on high surfaces and babies falling out....  Just duh.  Common sense would prevent alot.

Jessica Owens Loyd

We need to quit recalling products that are very useful to RESPONSIBLE parents. I hate when the herd is punished for a handful of cows that are a few ounces short of a gallon.

LostS... LostSoul88

Dont forget the drop down rail, that was recalled because parents failed to properly set it up too. 

nonmember avatar Shannon

The product recall that is killing me is the PeaPod tent. Instead of recalling, how about putting in the warning that children need to be over 6 months of age to use it? The only death was of a child too young to roll over.

Young... YoungHold

Hear Hear Jessica!   (and I love the way you put that).

I LOVED our Bumbo chair - it's a great thing.  But I when I used it I was never more than arm's length from my son.  Use a brain, people.

IHear... IHeartCake

Please don't be cruel and blame the parents.  No one sit there in the room with their child every time the child is napping.  A product with "nap" in the name implies it's a safe place to nap.  If there are straps a child can strangle in if he or she rolls over and gets into the wrong dangeous position, it's a defective product.  This is why children are not supposed to be left unattended in strollers.  But this is a product designed for napping.  My heart goes out to those parents.

firef... fireflymcl

Those poor babies died because parents used them in a way that was against the maker's specification. It has a giant label right on it telling parents not to use it in cribs or place it on any surface other than the floor.

mande... manderspanders

@IHeartCake...  a child can only "DANGLE" from something that is on a high surface.   I've seen the nap nanny, and if placed on the FLOOR it doesn't sit high enough off the ground for a child to DANGLE from anything.  This isn't a "defective product".  It's defective parenting.  Common Sense 101: NEVER PLACE A CHILD OR COMPLETELY DEPENDENT PERSON ON A HIGH SURFACE UNATTENDED.  Good god, this is standard fall precautions for nurses and aides... and it doesn't take working in health care to figure out that this is COMMON SENSE.

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