A popular sleeper for babies may be incredibly dangerous. While investigating the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, Consumer Reports found at least 32 babies have died while in the sleeper.
The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper places babies on an incline while it rocks them to sleep. It also includes a restraint system to keep the baby in the sleeper.
The design of the sleeper goes against medical advice
The design of the sleeper is inherently flawed according to health care professionals. Medical experts generally agree that infants should be placed flat on their backs to prevent suffocation. The American Academy of Pediatrics also does not recommend routinely restraining babies while at the same time rocking them.
First infant death was in 2011
The Consumer Reports investigation uncovered the first baby death took place in a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper back in 2011. Just this previous spring, a one-month-old girl and 9-day-old boy died in the sleeper.
A grandmother managed to revive her “lifeless” grandson
In 2014, a grandmother put her 7-week old grandson in the Rock ‘n Play while she was in the room. She looked over and saw he was blue and looked lifeless. The grandmother got him breathing again, and he was fine after a stay in the hospital.
Fisher-Price claims it is only a danger to those over three months
After Consumer Reports contacted Fisher-Price with this information, both the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about the Rock ‘n Play. Both stated that parents should stop using the sleeper when infants are three months old because this is when they start rolling over. The warning blames the ability to roll over for the deaths.
Younger babies have died in the sleeper
However, as Consumer Reports found, babies younger than three months have died in the Rock ‘n Play.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall the Rock n’ Play Sleeper.
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