The controversial, yet very popular, inclined baby sleepers, like the Rock ‘n Play will likely be completely banned in the US. On Wednesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a detailed report outlining its recommendation to permanently remove inclined baby sleepers from the retail market.
According to the report:
“The Commission was aware of 14 fatal incidents related
to infant inclined sleep products, which were reported to have occurred between January 1,
2005 and September 30, 2016. Eight of the 14 deaths involved rocker-like inclined sleep
products; in three cases, the unstrapped decedent was found to have rolled over into a
There’s a lot of more detail in the report than just this, but the big takeaway is that reclined infant sleepers are being reclassified as not meeting the safety standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To be clear the CPSC is a government agency, and as such, does not have any third-party reasons for deeming products safe or unsafe. In other words, this is a pretty big deal.
To be clear, this product has officially not be banned in the US, yet, but because the CPSC is changing these definitions so stringently, it kind of amounts to the same thing. If you’re a parent of an infant, it’s simply not worth the risk of owning these things, despite how much comfort they might promise.