10 infants die using popular sleeper

Fisher Price sleeper warning

Parents are being warned about the potential dangers of a Fisher-Price sleeper which has been linked to 10 infant deaths in the US, and is available for sale in Australia.

The American Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price are warning users of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper to stop using it once babies are able to roll. There have been 10 infant deaths in the Rock ‘n Play since 2015, after infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained. All of the infants were three months or older.

“Because deaths continue to occur, CPSC is recommending consumers stop use of the product by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities. CPSC has previously warned consumers to use restraints in infant inclined sleep products,” the CPSC warning detailed.

“Fisher-Price warns consumers to stop using the product when infants can roll over, but the reported deaths show that some consumers are still using the product when infants are capable of rolling and without using the three-point harness restraint.”

The sleeper is available on several sites to purchase in Australia, as well as on Gumtree.

Australia’s consumer watchdog, the ACCC, says it’s not aware of any injuries or deaths in Australia that have been linked to the sleeper, but it is investigating.

“The ACCC urges parents with this product to keep it out of reach of children,” a spokesperson for the ACCC explained. “We are always concerned by reports such as those we are seeing from the US.”

Safe sleeping for babies

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Red Nose says on its website that there are no Australian standards for bouncinettes (bouncers or rockers), and recommends a baby is always put to sleep on their back on a firm and flat surface.

“When a baby falls asleep in a propped up device the head can fall forwards, pushing the chin down towards the chest. This can lead to the airway becoming blocked and reducing airflow. Tilt your own head forward and place your chin on your chest. Try to breathe through your nose. Can you breathe freely? No. Babies breathe better when they are lying on their back on a firm, well-fitting, flat (not tilted or elevated) mattress.”

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