In response to public outcry and demands by pediatric professionals, Fisher-Price pulled their inclined sleep product – the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper – from shelves this week. As of April 12, all models of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper have been recalled, and parents are urged to discontinue using them for their infants.
The recall comes after several weeks of discussion of inclined sleep products from several brands. An investigation by Consumer Reports put several products in the public spotlight by linking them to multiple deaths.
Studies by Consumer Reports link inclined sleepers to infant fatalities
The initial research by Consumer reports linked the Rock ‘n Play to 32 infant deaths between 2011 and 2018. A later report added four additional deaths, linked to similar inclined sleep products by children’s product company Kids II. The analysis by Consumer Reports led many to demand a recall by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, including many pediatric doctors.
Pediatric professionals advocate for a recall
Earlier this month, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall Fisher Price’s inclined infant sleeper, the Rock ‘n Play.
In the Academy’s statement, Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP, said:
“When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, this is not the case. There is convincing evidence that the Rock ‘n Play inclined sleeper puts infants’ lives at risk, and CPSC must step up and take immediate action to remove it from stores and prevent further tragedies.”
The AAP generally recommends that infants sleep on a firm, flat surface, on their backs. Inclined sleepers and other products with restraints put infants at risk of suffocation or even strangulation.
Even though the Rock ‘n Play is no longer on store shelves, parents still need to keep an eye out for inclined sleep products that are still on the market. Those who purchased the Rock ‘n Play can return their product for a refund.