The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued another major product recall aimed at keeping sleeping babies safe and reducing the number of inclined sleepers in use in America.
This follows an investigation by Consumer Reports which led to a recall of the very popular inclined sleeper, the Fisher-Price Rock n' Play, which then led to other recalls and eventually to the CPSC developing public service messaging asking parents to avoid all inclined sleeping products.
Graco, Evenflo, Summer Infant and Delta Enterprises are all involved in the latest recall. The CPSC says there have been dozens of reports of infant deaths due to inclined sleepers and wants parents to stop using all models and variations of the products.
Which incline sleeper models are being recalled?
- Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat
- Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper inclined sleeper
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper
- Beautyrest Beginnings Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
- Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
- Delta Children Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Sleeper
- Simmons Kids Beautyrest Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder, and Sleeper
- 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder and Incline Sleeper
What to do if you have one of the above models:
Nearly 170,000 of these sleepers are being recalled. If you've got any of them on hand, you should stop using them immediately and contact the company for a refund.
Find more information about inclined sleeper recalls and safe infant sleep: https://t.co/0AGI7jziUj https://t.co/Do3jQJ69AX— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) 1580397603.0
This isn't the first time there's been a recall involving inclined sleepers—the CPSC has been on a mission to get them off the market for months. After getting more than 1,100 reports of dangerous incidents—including 73 deaths—the agency hired an independent expert to put inclined sleepers through rigorous testing. That expert found that they're simply not safe, and the CPSC wants parents to stop using them altogether, regardless of the brand.
These products break the chief rules of safe sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), known as the ABCs. That means when babies go down for the night, they should be Alone, on their Back, and in their Crib—not in an inclined sleeper, car seat, swing, etc.
When a baby isn't a great sleeper, it can be so tempting for exhausted parents to jump at anything that might help them get a little more shut-eye. While you might know plenty of parents who've used inclined sleepers safely—or maybe even used them with your own baby—it's just not worth the risk.