If your child is three months old or can roll over, Fisher-Price says to discontinue using the Rock ‘n Play sleeper
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning about the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper, a popular item for new parents and their babies. The warning asks consumers to stop using the Rock ‘n Play if their babies are able to roll over — because several infants have died as a result.
The infants were all three months or older and rolled from their backs to their stomachs while unrestrained, according to the warning. The CPSC says 10 infant deaths in the Rock ‘n Play have occurred since 2015, with the most recent death occurring last month.
Safety Alert: If your child is 3 months or older, or if your child can roll, stop using your Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play. 10 deaths since 2015 occurred when infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained. Learn more: https://t.co/Df5j3wzNkn pic.twitter.com/x0SeOJWfMc
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) April 5, 2019
Because deaths continue to occur, the CPSC is recommending consumers stop using the Rock ‘n Play by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities. Parents should always use restraints when an infant is in an inclined sleeper or swing.
Patty Davis, a spokesperson for the CPSC, says the commission is currently investigating the product. “If it turns out that it needs to be recalled, we will move forward with that,” Davis tells CNN. Fisher-Price is joining the CPSC in warning 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.
Urgent @uscpsc warning for parents: Stop using the @FisherPrice Rock ‘N Play by the time your baby is 3 months old or starts showing signs of rolling over. @AmerAcadPeds never recommends the Rock ‘N Play for routine infant sleep. (1/2) https://t.co/VyQsDeejLx pic.twitter.com/ip8JmydB6l
— HealthyChildren (@healthychildren) April 5, 2019
Chuck Scothon, general manager at Fisher-Price, issued a statement Friday about the warning.
“The Rock ‘n Play sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organization, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JMPA),” the statement reads in part. “That is why we also provide guidance about how to use our products on the front of the product packaging, in the product instructions, and on our website.”
Today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) & Fisher-Price issued an alert warning parents and caregivers to discontinue use of the Rock 'n Play Sleeper when infants begin to roll over. Click here to learn more about a safe sleep environment: https://t.co/wrDeE3Trl7 pic.twitter.com/qXvEbf6ZgQ
— Fisher-Price® (@FisherPrice) April 5, 2019
Still, the thought of this popular sleeper being at the root of multiple infant deaths is a terrifying reality. “A child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy,” Scothon says in a statement. “Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day.”