Parents Warned to Stop Using Infant Napper Responsible for Six Deaths

Infant product that was sold until 2012 poses a substantial risk of injury and death to infants, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.


by Kara Seymour

A New Jersey baby is the sixth to die in an infant recliner that was recalled in 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week. The CPSC is warning parents who may still have a Nap Nanny to dispose of it immediately.

The products “pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants,” the CPSC said. The Nap Nanny is a portable infant recliner designed for sleeping or playing.

“Nap Nanny recliners should no longer be sold in stores, but stay away from them at yard sales, as a hand-me-down gifts or on an online auction site,” the CPSC announced.

In the most recent death reported, an 8-month-old Hopatcong, N.J. baby was found partly hanging over the side of a Nap Nanny, trapped between it and a crib bumper, the CPSC said.

In December 2012, four major retailers—Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Babies R Us—announced a voluntary recall of the Nap Nanny models sold in their stores. Consumers who purchased a Nap Nanny from one of these retailers should contact the retailer for instructions on how to obtain a refund for the product, the CPSC said.

The manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, is no longer in business and is not accepting returns. More than 50,000 Nap Nanny recliners were sold between 2009 and early 2012.

Jen June 01, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Yes, the world would be a safer place if people read and followed instructions all the time. For example, when a product is recalled by the CPSC, they provide instructions for people who own the product to follow. In this case, parents were instructed to stop using the product. But you're smart and know how to use the Nap Nanny. It'll never happen to you. Those people were doing something wrong. You always follow instructions, unless you think you're too smart to follow them or take exception to them in some way. Yeah, they didn't follow the instructions this time but maybe they did every other time. Maybe they realized their baby was outgrowing the Nap Nanny, but that was the only place she would sleep. Perhaps they figured putting it in the bed for a few nights would make her transition to the crib easier. Maybe they put her to sleep that way all the time but didn't think they needed to worry since she didn't seem like she would roll over if they strapped her in real good. ("I bet those other parents weren't strapping their babies in correctly," they thought.) Maybe they were irresponsible parents and never read the instructions. I don't know the exact circumstances surrounding this tragic situation and neither do you. Regardless of the details, I'm sure these parents are doing a real thorough job blaming themselves and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives. If giving out Darwin Awards and boasting about your exceptional common sense in the comments section makes you feel better about yourself, opportunities to do so abound on the internet. An article about the death of an infant isn't the most tactful place for you to pat yourself on the back.
A.R. June 01, 2014 at 01:39 AM
The sad thing about people is that they'll thoroughly read the instructions for a new blender, but not for something that involves the safety of their babies! Very few children are properly restrained in a car seat or seat belt! I know highly intelligent people who don't use them correctly or turn the baby around too early, even though they know better. I feel horrible for these families! What a horrible way to learn a lesson!
Geoff Burton June 01, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Not worth commenting on
snl June 01, 2014 at 06:18 PM
This is the problem with always having to place blame. Accidents happen. Even maybe, usually, because of some misuse. If people would just be able to accept it as a terrible accident and leave it at that, there wouldn't be these constant issues of 'this product is dangerous! We need to recall and remove it!'. We have lost so many helpful products this way. And put companies out of business and countless many people out of work. And made life harder for many. But, suing brings in a bonus windfall for the injured party and their lawyers. And they excuse the greediness saying they are protecting everyone else. So, we blame so many useful things out of existence. Maybe some people should just grow up and stop blaming and take responsibility. I guess that is too much to ask, tho'.


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