When it comes to baby gear, our first priority is the safety of the products we use on a daily basis with our little ones. Companies to extensive research and testing to make sure that when we buckle our kids into their car seats or lay them down in their cribs that they'll be safe and kept from harm's way. Sadly, things can and do go wrong. Whether it's a defect with a particular product or misuse by the consumer, there have been cases of babies and toddlers being injured or worse when using baby gear. That's why it's so important to stay up-to-date with the latest product recalls and safety warnings, so we can know what we need to do to keep our little ones safe.
Fisher-Price is the latest company to issue a safety warning for their Rock 'n Play baby rocker, following the deaths of at least 10 infants across the country since 2015. If you've got one of these baby rockers, you're going to want to read this.
All of the reported deaths involved infants who were 3 months of age or older. The babies were unrestrained in the rocker, and rolled over onto their backs or sides while in the rocker. It's so incredibly sad! The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning and recommendation, urging parents to stop using the rocker (or any like this particular model) as soon as their babies reach 3 months of age or begin to roll over on their own.
They also recommend that parents not place any blankets or pillows in the rocker with their infant, and that infants are always placed in the rocker on their backs and are restrained using the attached harness.
Fisher-Price issued a statement on its website, saying that the Rock 'n Play meets all federal safety standards. The company is urging parents to comply with all safety warnings and instructions when using the rocker: ALWAYS use the restraint system, ALWAYS place your infant in the rocker on their back, only use the pad that came with the rocker, NEVER use extra padding, and STOP using the rocker when your baby starts to roll over on their own.