"While CR's review of the data shows that certain cases did have contributing factors such as illness or additional bedding, the number of incidents associated with the Rock "n Play Sleeper, combined with long-standing expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, raises serious safety concerns about the product", Consumer Reports" Rachel Rabkin Peachman wrote. The loss of a child is tragic and heart-breaking.
The joint statement included warnings to stop using the product when infants turn 3 months or as soon as infants can roll over, citing reports of 10 infant deaths in the Rock 'n Play Sleeper that have occurred since 2015.
Hoffman says he's found Rock 'n Play sleeper to be "incredibly popular" with families he works with, who believe that the incline can help babies who have trouble sleeping due to acid reflux.
According to Evan Overton, the infant's mother, they haven't filed suit but are negotiating with Fisher-Price.
"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these unsafe products on the shelves", said Rachel Moon, chair of the AAP SIDS task force. It does not meet the AAP's recommendations for a safe sleep environment for any baby. According to Fisher-Price's website, this is exactly how the idea for the Rock 'n Play originated - a mom looking to make a product that would allow her spit-up prone baby to sleep through the night.
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The sleeper features a cradle on a metal stand that rocks infants.
Last week an Australian consumer watchdog also warned parents to stop using the baby sleeper citing the deaths of children in the U.S.
While parents and carers should always heed the safety warnings and instructions when using rockers and bouncers, Red Nose recommends only using them for supervised play time. That includes strollers, vehicle seats or any product that would allow a baby to turn into an unsafe sleeping position and suffocate.
Consumer Reports suggests the government warning doesn't go far enough, based on what it found, and is advising parents to stop using infant reclined sleep products for unsupervised sleep.
The Academy offers more information on safe sleep recommendations in the policy statement SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. Stores should remove the Rock 'n Play Sleeper from their shelves.
"CPSC is continuing to investigate the product and, if the evidence indicates a need for a recall, we will take that step".