Do you use the Fischer-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper for your baby? If so, you might want to read this post that talks about the dangers of the product and the most recent recall. In the past few weeks, there have been multiple reports and warnings made about the safety of this product. On April 12th, the CPSC has issued a recall on all models of the Rock ‘n Play. Continue reading to learn about the events leading to the recall.
Recent Announcements & Recall
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert on Friday, April 5th recommending that consumers “stop use of the product by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities”. Fisher-Price and federal regulators are warning parents about the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper recently after being blamed for 10 infant deaths since 2015.
On April 12th, they issued a recall on all models of Rock ‘n Play Sleeper. If you own a Rock ‘n Play, you should return it for a refund or voucher.
The recall states that Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.
Events leading up to the recall
Originally, the take away was that you should not be using the Rock ‘n Play once your child can roll over, which is generally around 3 months of age. When using the Rock ‘n Play, be sure to properly use the three-point harness that is designed as part of the Rock ‘n Play. This not only to prevents your baby from falling out, but also keeps them held in a safe position where they cannot slouch or roll over.
This isn’t the first time the Rock ‘n Play has made headlines. Baby sleepers have been a topic of discussion over the last couple of years. The Wall Street Journal talked about how the CPSC has received reports of at least 30 deaths and more than 700 injuries dating back to 2009.
When we originally wrote this article, our intentions were not to tell you that you should stop using the product, but to inform you of the risks and dangers of using it incorrectly. However, anytime there is a recall on a product, we would strongly advise anyone to return the product and find an alternative.
We have used the Rock ‘n Play with our son and it has honestly gotten us through a lot of tough times. Our baby absolutely loved it and it was perfect for naps and those 3am wake ups when he would not go back down.
Always read the warnings and instructions
There are many other similar products that could have the same potential risk, so don’t assume that those are safe because they are not made by Fischer-Price. It is always best to research different products and follow the instructions on the use and warnings. If there is a warning for a product that says not to use for a certain purpose, then it is probably there for a reason. These products are tested for safety and are held to many standards, but when parents start to use them for different purposes, then you are potentially putting your baby in harms way.
Remember to always use the safety straps, read the instructions and keep an eye on the limits for age and weight for any baby product, from sleepers to baby tubs and car seats. This information is there to keep your baby safe!
For more recall information visit: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/fisher-price-recalls-rock-n-play-sleepers-due-to-reports-of-deaths
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