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Inclined Sleepers Recall: Which Brands & Products Are Unsafe To Use?

Updated on 10 May 2022 • 10 minute read

 

Overview

The CPSC (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) received 1,100+ reports of incidents relating to infant inclined sleep products, including 73 infant deaths, from January 2005 through June 2019. (1)

According to Consumer Reports, the number of infant deaths has increased to a total of 94 infants in 2021. Still, companies continue to sell these dangerous infant sleep products, raking in millions of dollars in revenue each year. (2)

The 2021 investigation of infant deaths in inclined sleepers by the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform focused on Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play, the first inclined sleeper in the market. (3)

According to the Committee, 50+ infants have died using the Rock ‘n Play since it was released in 2009, but the company continues to sell it, earning at least $200 million. (3)(4)

Based on their investigation, Fisher-Price reportedly: (3)

  • Failed to ensure that the product is safe before release
  • Ignored warnings that the product is dangerous
  • Marketed the product as a sleeper (for overnight use) despite the risks

 

Fisher-Price disputed the claim, explaining that their products were designed and developed following safety analysis, medical advice, extensive research, and more than a year of review and testing. (4)

What’s alarming is that Fisher-Price isn’t the only baby product company selling inclined sleepers linked to infant deaths and various safety risks. 

Several were also linked to safety issues, including an increased risk of suffocation. Learn more about sleeper recall advisories and some dangerous products to avoid.

 

Safety Risks: Why Are Inclined Sleepers Unsafe?

Infant sleepers are designed to have 10 to 30 degrees incline and were first marketed to calm babies’ reflux. Introduced in the US in 2009, it quickly became popular among parents worried about reflux and colic. (2)

However, the sharp angle can make your sleeping baby’s head more prone to rolling too far forward, blocking their airways and leading to asphyxiation.

 

Why Are These Unsafe Infant Products Still Sold?

According to the 2021 Congressional Report, the makers of Fisher-Price “ignored warnings that its product is unsafe,” and the CPSC doesn’t have enough regulatory or enforcement powers to protect consumers. (3)

The Congressional Report also revealed that Fisher-Price only issued the 2019 recall after the CPSC mistakenly disclosed data to Consumer Reports about infant deaths associated with the Rock ‘n Play. (3)

When Consumer Reports told the CPSC and Fisher-Price that it would go public with the data, the company reportedly recalled the Rock ‘n Play within a few days. (3)

This information angered the Congressional Committee who believed that if not for the data accident and Consumer Reports, Fisher-Price and the CPSC wouldn’t have done anything despite the many infant deaths. (3)

 

New Safety Standards

The “Safe Sleep for Babies Act” passed by the US Congress in June 2021 and Senate’s “Safe Cribs Act” passed by the Senate in March 2022 will ban the production, sale, and distribution of crib bumpers and inclined sleepers (with sleep surface greater than 10 degrees) for infants. (5)(6)

While waiting for this safety law to take effect, always check for safety recalls on the CPSC website or ask your pediatrician before purchasing any baby products, especially from second-hand shops and garage sales.

 

What Sleepers Have Been Recalled?

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ’n Glide Soothers

  • Recall Date: June 3, 2021
  • Selling Dates: January 2014 to December 2020
  • Contact Details: 855-853-6224 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 6 PM ET, from Monday through Friday

 

On June 3, 2021, Fisher-Price and the CPSC announced the recall of this product following four infant deaths. (7)

The babies were reportedly placed on their backs but unrestrained in this product. They were later found on their stomachs. These incidents happened from April 2019 to February 2020.

The following were included in the recall: 

  • CHP56
  • CHP55
  • CBT81

 

According to the recall advisory, around 120,000 units of this product were sold between January 2014 and December 2020 at mass merchandisers, including Target, Walmart, and Amazon.

 

Fisher-Price 2-in-1 Soothe ’n Play Gliders

  • Recall Date: June 3, 2021
  • Selling Dates: November 2018 through May 2021
  • Contact Details: 855-853-6224 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 6 PM ET, from Monday through Friday

 

Around 55,000 of these gliders were also recalled due to the infant fatalities linked to similar products (the Rock ’n Glide Soother recall mentioned above). (7)

There weren’t any fatalities with the Soothe ’n Play Gliders. However, these were also recalled due to their similar designs.

 

Graco Inclined Sleeper Accessories (Included With Playard Models)

  • Recall Date: December 16, 2020
  • Contact Details: 800-345-4109 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 5 PM ET, from Monday through Friday

 

According to Graco’s voluntary recall advisory, they pulled out 51,000 sleepers due to infant fatalities linked to other manufacturers’ infant inclined sleepers. (8)

Affected Playard model numbers of Graco Pack ‘n Play: (8)

  • Day2Dream Playard & Bedside Sleeper: 2034085, 2048753, and 2053215 (sold from November 2017 to September 2020)
  • Nuzzle Nest Playard: 1947177 and 1896392 (sold from May 2015 to December 2018)
  • Everest Playard: 1946902 and 1946903 (sold from September 2015 to December 2018)
  • Rock ‘n Grow Playard: 2105055 (sold from December 2019 through April 2020)

 

Graco clarified that only the baby sleeper accessories are recalled. Consumers can continue using the Playard and other accessories.

No injuries were reported for this Graco inclined sleep product.

 

Kolcraft Inclined Sleeper Accessory For 2-in-1 Bassinets (Cuddle ‘n Care & Preferred Position)

  • Recall Date: Feb. 20, 2020
  • Selling Dates: March 2011 to December 2017
  • Contact Details: 800-453-7673 (toll-free) from 8 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Thursday) and from 8 AM to 3:30 PM CT (Friday)

 

Kolcraft voluntarily recalled around 51,000 inclined sleeper accessories included with these two bassinets after infant fatalities with other inclined sleeper brands. (9)

Affected 2-in-1 bassinets: (9)

  • Cuddle ‘n Care 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleeper (with model number code starting with KB063)
  • Preferred Position 2-in-1 Bassinet & Incline Sleeper (with model number code starting with KB061)

 

The company clarified that only the sleeper accessories were included in the recall. Consumers can still use the bassinet without the accessory.

There weren’t any injuries reported for these Kolcraft recalled products.

Kolcraft reannounced this recall on May 05, 2021.

 

Delta Inclined Sleepers With Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns

  • Recall Date: January 29, 2020
  • Selling Dates: January 2017 through December 2018
  • Contact Details: 1-800-377-3777 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 6 PM ET, from Monday to Friday

 

Around 5,900 inclined sleepers of different Delta Enterprise Corp. products were recalled because of the infant fatalities linked to similar products. (10)

These Delta products were recalled to prevent suffocation risks: (10)

  • Beautyrest Beginnings Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
  • Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Incline Sleeper with Adjustable Feeding Position for Newborns
  • Delta Children Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder, and Sleeper
  • Simmons Kids Beautyrest Deluxe 3-in-1 Activity Rocker, Feeder, and Incline Sleeper

 

No injuries were reported for this brand’s sleepers.

 

Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper

US Recall

  • Recall Date: January 29, 2020
  • Selling Dates: May 2017 to January 2020 
  • Contact Details: 1-800-233-5921 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 5 PM ET, from Monday to Friday

 

Evenflo recalled around 3,100 Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper (model number 12132125) because of the infant fatalities linked to similar sleep products. (11)

No injuries were reported for this brand’s sleepers.

 

Canada Recall

  • Recall Date: June 4, 2019

 

Around 1,100 units of Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper (model number 12132125) were recalled because they didn’t meet Canada’s regulations for bassinets, cradles, and cribs. (11)

 

Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seats

  • Recall Date: January 29, 2020
  • Selling Dates: 2013 to 2018
  • Contact Details: 800-345-4109 (toll-free) from 8 AM to 5 PM, ET Monday to Friday

 

Around 111,000 inclined sleepers were recalled due to infant fatalities linked to similar products from other brands. (12)

Affected model numbers: (12)

  • 1872034
  • 1875063
  • 1875102
  • 1877160
  • 1882081
  • 1896313
  • 1908957
  • 1914283
  • 2047734
  • 1922809

 

No injuries were reported for this brand’s sleepers.

 

Summer Brands SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleepers

  • Recall Date: January 29, 2020
  • Selling Dates: March 2017 to December 2019
  • Contact Details: 1-800-426-8627 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 5 PM ET, from Monday to Friday

 

Around 46,300 SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleepers (model number 91394) were recalled due to baby fatalities linked to other brands’ inclined sleepers. (13)

Although there weren’t any injuries reported for this brand, Summer Brands issued this voluntary recall due to their similar designs.

 

Dorel Juvenile Group’s Bassinets

  • Recall Date: July 31, 2019
  • Selling Dates: November 2014 through February 2017
  • Contact Details: Call 877-657-9546 or text 812-373-6673 (toll-free) from 8 AM to 5 PM ET, from Monday to Friday, or email at inclinesleeperrecall@djgusa.com

 

Around 24,000 inclined sleepers were recalled due to infant fatalities from similar products. These models were affected: (14)

  • Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Bassinet/Rocker (model number BT055CSY)
  • Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet/Rocker (model number BT071DHS)

 

No injuries were reported for this brand’s sleepers.

 

Fisher-Price Inclined Sleeper Accessory (Included With Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards)

  • Recall Date: June 27, 2019
  • Selling Dates: October 2014 to June 2019
  • Contact Details: 800-432-5437 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 6 PM ET, from Monday to Friday

 

Around 71,000 inclined sleepers were recalled due to infant fatalities from similar products. (15)

This voluntary recall included all Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards with the following model numbers: (15)

  • CBV60
  • CHP86
  • CHR06
  • CJK24
  • DJD11

 

No injuries were reported for this product.

 

Kids II Rocking Sleepers

  • Recall Date: April 26, 2019
  • Selling Date: March 2012 through April 26, 2019
  • Contact Details: 1-866-869-7954 (toll-free) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET, from Monday to Friday

 

Around 694,000 sleepers (various models) were recalled after some of the company’s sleepers were linked to five infant fatalities. (16)

These infants rolled from their back to their stomachs while using the sleepers unrestrained.

Here’s a list of the affected models, with their model numbers: (16)

Automatic Rock ‘N Soothe Sleeper

  • Cuddle Lamb (10320)
  • Flora the Unicorn (11962)
  • Nolan – Display (12115)
  • Nolan (11792)

 

Bright Starts

  • Playtime To Bedtime Rocking Sleeper (10081)
  • Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper (60131)
  • Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper Playful Pinwheels (60401)
  • Pretty In Pink Playtime To Bedtime Rocking Sleeper (10178)
  • Pretty In Pink Playtime To Bedtime Sleeper (60163)
  • Pretty In Pink Rocking Sleeper Jungle Blooms (11022)
  • ROCKING SLEEPER – EVENING SAFARI (11895)
  • ROCKING SLEEPER – JUNGLE GARDEN (11894)
  • Rocking Sleeper Jungle Bursts (11021)
  • Toucan Tango Rocking Sleeper (10729)

 

DreamComfort 

  • Automatic Rocking Sleeper – Anders (11714)
  • Automatic Rocking Sleeper – Whitley (10888)
  • Soothing Light Rocking Sleeper – Addington (10890)

 

Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper

  • Cuddle Giraffe (10148)
  • Cuddle Lion (10380)
  • Deluxe Emerson (60327)
  • Deluxe Seneca (60635)
  • Deluxe Winslow (60600)
  • Lullaby Lamb (60331)
  • Lullaby Lion (11164)
  • Zoo Zoo Zebra (10872)

 

Ingenuity Rock N’ Soothe Sleeper 

  • Dayton (10292 and 11357)
  • SUNNY SNUGGLES (11171)

 

Other Ingenuity Sleepers

  • Dream Comfort Automatic Rocking Sleeper Braden (11429)
  • Rock And Dream Sleeper Lucy (10127)
  • Smartrock Poweradapt Sleeper Cambridge (10289)
  • Soothing Light Rocking Sleeper Vesper (10568)

 

Other Kids II Sleepers

  • Disney Baby/Bright Starts Bows & Butterflies Sleeper Minnie Mouse (60328)
  • Rock & Dream Sleeper – Iggy (10126)
  • Rock n’ Soothe Sleeper – Moxley (11063)
  • Taggies Snuggle Me Sleeper Nestling Vine (60130)

 

Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper

US Recall

  • Recall Date: April 12, 2019
  • Contact Details: 866-812-6518 (toll-free) from 9 AM to 6 PM ET, from Monday through Friday 

 

About 4.7 million of these sleepers were recalled in the US due to 30+ reported fatalities of babies rolling over while unrestrained or in other dangerous circumstances since the Rock ’n Play was introduced in 2009. (17)

Consumers were told to immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

 

Canada Recall

  • Recall Date: May 15, 2019
  • Selling Dates: December 2009 and February 2011
  • Contact Details: 1-800-432-5437 (toll-free) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET, from Monday through Friday

 

Around 2,000 units of this sleeper, with model R6070, were recalled in Canada on May 15, 2019, for not meeting the cribs, cradles, and bassinets regulations. (18)

Health Canada told parents to stop using the product for naptime and overnight sleep immediately. Still, the government agency clarified that they weren’t aware of any danger associated with this item when used for supervised playtime or soothing. (18)

According to the recall advisory, the company hasn’t received any reports of infant injuries or deaths related to its use in Canada. (18)

These recalled items were sold in Canada from December 2009 and February 2011 by Mattel Canada, Inc. but may have also been sold through unauthorized third-party sellers after these dates.

 

Baby Matters Nap Nanny & Chill Infant Recliners

  • Recall Date: June 13, 2013
  • Selling Dates: 2009 and 2012

 

Around 165,000 inclined sleepers were recalled after five infant deaths were linked to these products. (19)

Four babies reportedly died while using the Nap Nanny Generation Two recliner and a fifth one died in the Chill model. A sixth death was reported in 2014 (after the recall). (19)

Aside from these deaths, the CPSC also received at least 92 incident reports of babies hanging and/or falling over while using these products, restrained or unrestrained. (19)

The CPSC filed an administrative case against the company, which was no longer in business and, thus, not accepting product returns. (19)

In response to the manufacturer’s lack of response to refund the items, major retailers Amazon.com, Diapers.com, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, and Buy Buy Baby offered to refund the affected customers who bought from their outlets. (19)

 

Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ’n Play Sleepers

  • Recall Date: January 8, 2013
  • Contact Details: 1-800-432-5437 (toll-free) from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET, from Monday through Friday

 

Fisher-Price voluntarily recalled these sleepers for inspection in cooperation with the CPSC due to reports of mold developing between the metal frame and the removable, washable fabric cover. (20)

Fisher-Price explained that this could happen if the sleeper isn’t cleaned regularly or remains wet and moist with continued use. The sleepers in retail stores weren’t included in the recall.

 

How to Prevent Sleep-Related Injuries

According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) is among the leading causes of death in infancy.

In 2016, the AAP released evidence-based Safe Sleep recommendations to help reduce the risks of accidental infant deaths: (21)

  • Put your baby on their back – This is applicable until they reach one year of age because side sleeping isn’t advised for this age group.
  • Same room, different bed – The AAP recommends letting your baby sleep close to your bed in the same room but on a separate surface.
  • Let your baby sleep only on a firm sleep surfaceBassinets, cribs, portable cribs, and play yards are alright as long as the flat surface doesn’t indent or conform to your baby’s shape.
  • Avoid using sitting or lounging devices for sleepingStrollers, car seats, baby loungers, infant slings, infant carriers, and baby swings aren’t designed or recommended for sleeping.
  • Keep your baby’s sleep environment from loose beddings and soft objects – They might be cute, but soft toys, crib bumpers, blankets, and other objects might cause strangulation or obstruct your baby’s airways.
  • Avoid over bundling and head coverings for babies – Always try to dress infants appropriately for their environment because over bundling can cause overheating. Check their chest for sweating or feeling too hot to the touch.
  • Avoid using commercial devices inconsistent with the AAP’s sleep recommendations – These products can include wedges, crib bumpers, positioners, or other objects that might be marketed to protect against SIDS.
  • Supervised tummy time is recommended – The AAP approves tummy time, but only when your baby is awake and when they’re supervised.
  • Avoid swaddling once your baby attempts to roll – Your baby can have breathing troubles if they roll to their stomach while swaddled.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended – Studies show that breastfeeding can reduce SIDS risks. (22)
  • Consider pacifier use during naps or bedtime – Studies show that pacifiers can reduce SIDS risks. (23)
  • Get regular prenatal care and avoid smoking during pregnancy – Studies show that babies of moms who smoked and didn’t obtain prenatal care can have higher SIDS risks. (24)

 

FAQs

Do Babies Sleep Better Flat Or Inclined?

For safety, it’s best to let babies sleep flat. If they’re inclined to sleep, their head can pitch too forward, leading to asphyxiation because they can’t control their neck muscles yet.

 

Are Incline Bassinets Safe?

Incline bassinets aren’t safe for sleeping. Although they can be used for supervised play, the new safety law bans their production and distribution to reduce the risks of babies sleeping and suffocating in these products.

 

Are Rocking Sleepers Safe?

Like the incline bassinets, they’re safe for supervised use. Unsupervised babies can accidentally suffocate or fall off the product.

 

 

References

(1) https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2020/CPSC-Cautions-Consumers-Not-to-Use-Inclined-Infant-Sleep-Products

(2) https://chicago.suntimes.com/2021/6/4/22519496/infant-inclined-sleeperconsumer-product-safety-commission-fisher-price-rock-n-play-bassinet

(3) https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/Inclined%20Sleeper%20Report.pdf

(4) https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/fisher-price-ignored-warnings-sleeper-dozens-infants-died-congressional-report-n1269965

(5) https://www.wgem.com/2022/05/04/bill-would-ban-sale-padded-crib-bumpers/

(6) https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3182

(7) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/Fisher-Price-Recalls-4-in-1-Rock-n-Glide-Soothers-After-Four-Infant-Deaths-2-in-1-Soothe-n-Play-Gliders-Also-Recalled

(8) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/Graco-Recalls-Inclined-Sleeper-Accessory-Included-with-Four-Models-of-Playards-to-Prevent-Risk-of-Suffocation

(9) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/Kolcraft-Reannounces-Recall-of-Inclined-Sleeper-Accessory-and-Urges-Consumers-to-Act-Now-to-Prevent-Risk-of-Suffocation

(10) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Delta-Enterprise-Corp-Recalls-Incline-Sleeper-with-Adjustable-Feeding-Position-for-Newborns-to-Prevent-Risk-of-Suffocation

(11) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Evenflo-Recalls-Pillo-Portable-NapperInclined-Sleepers-to-Prevent-Risk-of-Suffocation

(12) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Graco-Recalls-Little-Lounger-Rocking-Seats-to-Prevent-Risk-of-Suffocation

(13) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Summer-Infant-Recalls-SwaddleMe-By-Your-Bed-Inclined-Sleepers-to-Prevent-Risk-of-Suffocation

(14) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Dorel-Juvenile-Group-USA-Recalls-Inclined-Sleepers-Due-to-Safety-Concerns-About-Inclined-Sleep-Products

(15) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Fisher-Price-Recalls-Inclined-Sleeper-Accessory-Included-with-Ultra-Lite-Day-Night-Play-Yards-Due-to-Safety-Concerns-About-Inclined-Slee-Products

(16) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Kids-II-Recalls-All-Rocking-Sleepers-Due-to-Reports-of-Deaths

(17) https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Fisher-Price-Recalls-Rock-n-Play-Sleepers-Due-to-Reports-of-Deaths

(18) https://recalls-rappels.canada.ca/en/alert-recall/fisher-price-newborn-rock-n-play-sleeper-recalled-due-reports-deaths-united-states

(19) https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2013/Nap-Nanny-and-Chill-Infant-Recliners-Recalled-by-Baby-Matters-LLC-After-Five-Infant-DeathsCPSC-Firm-Settle-Administrative-Litigation

(20) https://service.mattel.com/us/recall/rock_sleepernew.asp

(21) https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/138/5/e20162938/60309/SIDS-and-Other-Sleep-Related-Infant-Deaths-Updated

(22) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21669892/

(23) https://www.bmj.com/content/332/7532/18

(24) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15051553/

 

 

 

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