Even after the recall of the Nap Nanny in 2013, a sixth baby has died from being placed in one. Many parents say the popular portable baby recliner has been a lifesaver, as it helps their baby stay asleep. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission urges everyone to completely stop using the Nap Nanny.
|Safe Alternatives to the Nap Nanny|
|Crib with firm mattress and fitted sheet|
|Pack ‘n Play with firm mattress and fitted sheet|
|Bassinet with firm mattress and fitted sheet|
Between 2009 and 2012, about 165,000 Nap Nanny products were sold. Molly Bloomfield, an Injury Prevention Specialist at Children’s Medical Center, says more than 92 incidences with the Nap Nanny have been reported.
The injuries and deaths have occurred when the baby rolled out of the Nap Nanny or was harnessed in and the baby’s head became wedged between the side of the Nap Nanny and the crib.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents steer clear of any type of sleeping insert or product that claims to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
“Babies need to sleep in a position that allows their airways to stay open,” says Molly. “The safest option is for babies to be placed on their backs in a crib approved by the Consumer Safety Product Commission.”
Molly also says that parents need to remember that comfort items such as blankets, stuffed animals and pillows can cause babies to suffocate, too.