After reports that Fisher Price’s Rock ‘N Play Sleeper was involved in 32 sleep-related infant deaths in the United States, the baby product company finally recalled 4.7 million units of its baby sleepers on April 12, 2019, according to Consumer Reports. A couple of weeks later, another children’s product company, Kids II, voluntarily recalled over 694,000 units of its Rocking Sleepers after recording “five infant fatalities” related to the use of its products.
The recall includes all models of Kids II rocking and soothing sleepers made from March 2012 to April 2019, sold under different brands including Bright Starts, Ingenuity, DreamComfort, Taggies, and Disney Baby.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission urges parents to stop using the product immediately. In the Philippines, Kids II baby sleepers are sold online via shopping websites like Lazada and Shopee. Here's a list of baby sleeper models that are being recalled.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, inclined sleepers are not consistent with their safe sleep recommendations, which stresses that infants should always sleep on their backs on a flat, firm surface. They also do not recommend using car seats, strollers or other devices for prolonged or nighttime sleep “because of the risk that a baby could roll over or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving.” This can lead to accidental suffocation or strangulation.
Many of these sleepers, bouncers, and rockers also have soft bedding, which contributes to the rise of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in the United States. Soft bedding is responsible for 250 cases of infant suffocation deathsin their country between 2011 to 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Parents are attracted to these baby sleepers as it promises to be a “safe space for naps and nighttime” and help lull infants to sleep with gentle rocking motions. But according to an expert, “the idea that babies can be rocked to sleep is more myth than fact.”
“The perception that rocking soothes the infant and puts him to sleep has not been proven. It is not a fact,” said Dr. David Fagan, vice chairman of pediatrics at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, to New York Times.