Nap Nanny Recalled After Baby Deaths

    December 28, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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Four major retailers have agreed to a voluntary recall of the “Nap Nanny” product made by the company Baby Matters. Amazon, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com, and Toys R Us/Babies R Us are all participating in the recall.

The CPSC is warning consumers that the Nap Nanny baby recliners “contain defects in the design, warnings, and instructions,” that could lead to the injury or death of babies. The agency states that it knows of five infants who have died in newer Nap Nanny devices, and 70 more cases of babies nearly falling out of the device.

The recall is being undertaken by retailers because, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Baby Matters is either “unable or unwilling to participate in the recall.” Baby Matters and the CPSC have been unable to agree on a recall plan, and the CPSC has filed an administrative complaint against the company.

Leslie Gudel, the owner and founder of Nap Nanny has responded to the CPSC’s complaint on the product’s website:

The CPSC’s complaint notes that five infants have died “while using” the Nap Nanny. The loss of an infant is an unthinkable tragedy, and I am truly heartbroken for the families who have lost a child. But the fact that infants have died “while using” the Nap Nanny improperly, such as when used in a crib where the child could suffocate on a crib bumper or a blanket, does not mean our product caused the child’s death or is hazardous.

The first generation of Nap Nanny devices was recalled back in 2010, in exchange for $80 coupons toward the purchase of newer models of the Nap Nanny. The generation two Nap Nanny and the “Chill” model both contain more explicit warnings and instructions for parents.

  • Lauren

    I have a nap nanny, got it at once upon a child. My child isn’t here yet and hasn’t used it but this recall has me a little worried. Im thinking about returning!

  • Kelly

    I swear by it!! Adhere to the warnings and you will be fine. The picture in this article bugs the crap out of me because ALL OVER THE PACKAGING IT READS, “NEVER PLACE THE NAP NANNY IN A CRIB OR ON A TABLE! ALWAYS PLACE ON THE FLOOR!!!” The loss of an infant is an absolute tragedy!! To blame the nap nanny after not using it as directed is just not right!! I placed mine on the floor, made sure she was strapped in properly and NEVER had an issue. As soon as she was able to move around, I stopped using it. She was in her crib after that.

  • http://www.caledoniacountryhostel.com sharon

    I think if they are willing to recall the product then it is up to the parent to make the decision to return it or not.,

  • Jacklyn

    I have the nap nanny and my son is 6 months now. The parents have to watch their children that is all.

  • marybeth

    I bought this for my youngest son in 2010….I swear by it. He started sleeping throught the night when i put him in it. Read the warning, do not put in a crib. My son is now 2 and he and his 3 year old brother still use it……LOVE IT

  • brenda

    My son uses the nap nanny. I follow all the warnings and instructions. He loves it. He sleeps through the night whenever he uses it.

  • cella

    I got the nap nanny as a shower gift when my son was 2 months old. We started using it immediately and he slept well in it, but by the time he was 4 months old I walked in to find him flopping out to one side. It wasn’t in his crib but it was scary enough to never use it again. Although originally I lived it, I wouldn’t recommend it especially for any baby over 3 months. Just get a bassinet.