When you are trying to get your baby to sleep soundly, it seems like you will try any solution that works. Especially if you have a newborn with gas or reflux issues and sleep is hard to come by.
One such solution was a product called the Nap Nanny (pictured left) which is a foam fabric-covered bucket seat that reclines at the same angle as a carseat. Unfortunately that product has now been voluntarily recalled from five major retailers (Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, and Diapers.com) after a request from the Consumer Product Safety Commission due to five infant deaths related to the product.
In addition to the deaths, there were over 100 complaints of infants found dangling over the side even when the safety harness was used.
Leslie Gudel, the owner of the company who makes the Nap Nanny, claims the deaths were due to people using the product improperly. One reason the company did not initiate the recall on their own, but now find themselves out of business.
I don’t know what the truth is but the fact remains, we all have to read instructions thoroughly and be careful when using sleep solutions beyond what are the generally recommended guidelines.
Not only are infants supposed to sleep flat on their back to prevent SIDS, they are also supposed to do so without a blanket, crib bumper, pillow or stuffed animals in the sleep area— all of which carry threats of suffocation. In addition, every carseat, swing and bouncy seat clearly states that these are not supposed to be used for sleeping overnight or more than a couple of hours at a time.
My first daughter slept swaddled on top of a plain fitted sheet in her crib. She is three years old now and still prefers to sleep without a blanket or pillow. This was never a problem. But my newborn has reflux issues and it’s much more difficult to put her in the bassinet without a fuss. She prefers to sleep either on me, in a baby carrier, in our bed or upright in a bouncy seat. It’s worth noting that sleeping in a sling or in a parent’s bed is also not recommended for newborns.
The Nap Nanny recall is a big wake-up call for me. If I am going to let her sleep somewhere other than the bassinet, I must be extra vigilant about monitoring her well-being.
Sleep is important, but obviously, pales in comparison to keeping your baby free from harm.
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