The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents to stop using the Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play Sleeper as soon as babies are able to roll over after the company reported that 10 infants have died since 2015.
According to the CPSC’s warning, which was issued on Friday, all 10 deaths occurred in babies who were older than three months and able to roll over from their back to their side. Fisher-Price claims that the sleeper, which isn’t yet being recalled, meets all safety standards and that the issue isn’t the product itself but how people are using it.
“The reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three-point harness restraint,” Fisher-Price said in its statement, explaining that the Rock ‘N Play Sleeper is only intended for infants under the age of three months. The most recent death was reported last month.
The CPSC also reminds parents of the importance of creating a safe sleep environment for infants. “Never add blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, or other items to the environment and always place infants to sleep on their backs,” the commission cautioned.
However, it isn’t the first time that the Fisher-Price product has been criticized. Some doctors, including pediatrician Natasha Burgert, warn that leaving babies in sleepers like the Rock ‘N Play for a long period of time can be dangerous. “The current American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the prevention of [sudden infant death syndrome] SIDS includes placing baby on a firm sleep surface without extra padding, pillows, or loose items,” Burgert wrote on her blog. “The Rock and Play Sleeper does not adhere to these guidelines.”
Regardless, the company has reassured customers that they are continuing to work with the CPSC and that “Fisher-Price takes the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day.”
Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) & Fisher-Price issued an alert warning parents and caregivers to discontinue use of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper when infants begin to roll over. Click here to learn more about a safe sleep environment: https://t.co/wrDeE3Trl7 pic.twitter.com/qXvEbf6ZgQ
— Fisher-Price® (@FisherPrice) April 5, 2019