The Fisher Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleeper has been Recalled; Now What?

Just one day after I talked about how the incline of the Fisher Price Rock n’ Play Newborn Sleeper has been incredibly successful in getting our daughter to sleep despite her acid reflux, it got recalled.

Figures.

The recall has to do with many reports of mold easily developing between the seat’s hard plastic frame and the removable cover, if it remains wet or infrequently cleaned— which seems to cover two scenarios on opposite sides of the spectrum.

Fisher Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product with 16 cases of people reporting that their infant suffered from respiratory issues, coughs and/or hives after sleeping in it.

I looked up the effects of mold online to see if the mold caused a chronic condition or something that went away once you got rid of the exposure. I found that while most adverse symptoms due to mold exposure go away once the offending item is removed, some molds release mycotoxins into the air which can cause serious damage to the central nervous system and lungs. Long-term exposure creates another danger, as it can result in damage to your baby’s cognitive function and memory. And lastly, some molds produce more potent toxins that have caused pulmonary hemorrhaging in infants.

The recall confuses me though because it does not seem to mention returning the product, getting a refund or a new part— it says to contact their customer service for proper cleaning instructions.

I checked my sleeper and found no sign of mold, so now the question remains— do I continue using it and just check for mold daily? Or do I look for a different solution? Because Harlow’s sleep (and thus everyone’s sleep) has been 100% better since we started using it.

Although, it’s important to note that we have made many changes over the past few weeks, like putting Harlow on Zantac and me eliminating dairy, which has improved Harlow’s acid reflux immensely. Now might be a good time to see how she does flat on her back in the bassinet again.

I hope she sleeps and I don’t have to seek out another solution. ‘Cause the Nap Nanny is out too.

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