Nap Nanny infant recliner recalled after baby dies

Nap Nanny infant recliner recallNap Nanny baby recliners -- hailed by parents nationwide as a salvation from sleepless nights for infants with reflux, colic and other issues -- are being recalled after a 4-month-old Michigan girl was found dead in one this month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

Baby Matters, which makes Nap Nanny, said 30,000 of the recliners are subject to the recall. The recalled recliners -- made in China and the U.S. -- were sold nationwide for about $130.

The CPSC said the girl who died was in the harness on the recliner but was found hanging over the side, stuck between a crib bumper and the Nap Nanny. Another infant also fell over the side of a Nap Nanny, despite being buckled in, and also got trapped between the recliner and crib, but only suffered a cut forehead. The CPSC said 21 other incidents involving the product were reported to the company by consumers, mostly with infants younger than five months falling over the side.
Some of the incidents, including the death, involved parents using the product in cribs, something the manufacturer makes clear is not an acceptable use. The product is recommended to be used only on the floor. The company put out a video on Sunday evening with new safety warnings. The video says Nap Nanny should not be used for overnight sleep for any child that can sit up.

The main problem with the recliners is the ability of the infants to dislodge even though they are harnessed. If Velcro straps that hold down the cover are not put on correctly, the risk is greater. The earlier model of Nap Nanny did not have rings now found on the recliners to position the straps.

The CPSC urged parents and caregivers to heed the company's directive to keep the Nap Nanny on the floor -- and away from other things. Never use the Nap Nanny on an elevated surface, the CPSC said, because of the risk of the infant falling over the side.

Anyone with a Nap Nanny is asked to stop using it immediately.

Those with the earlier models that didn't have the plastic rings should contact the company to get an $80 credit on the purchase of a new Nap Nanny with shipping charges waived.Those with the later models with the rings are urged to watch the new product warning video and get new instructions from the company's website to ensure the harnesses are properly fastened before using the Nap Nanny again. Copies of the instructions can also be mailed upon request.

Baby Matters can be reached at (888) 240-4282 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time. The company was expected to host a recall site.

Baby Matters founder Leslie Gudel sent the following statement to Consumer Ally about the recall.
"As a mothers ourselves, we were deeply saddened to learn of an infant death in a crib associated with the use of the Nap Nanny. Safe sleep is of the utmost importance, and we have worked closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to implement this voluntary recall to help ensure that the Nap Nanny is used properly, and only on the floor.

"To prevent future tragedies, we urge parents and caregivers to follow the CPSC safety guidelines to put nothing in the crib other than a sheet. For specifics about the recall, consumers should to go to This is where our new instructional video can be found, and we urge all Nap Nanny users to watch. The video demonstrates how to secure the baby in a Nap Nanny properly and the dangers of improper use."

The safety of children's products has gotten heightened attention of late with a spate of crib recalls and improvements to how parents will be notified about dangerous nursery products.
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