Recall Alert: Nap Nanny

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Baby Matters LLC announced a voluntary recall of Nap Nanny baby recliners after a 4-month-old baby died in a Nap Nanny that had been placed in a crib. (The Nap Nanny is not intended to be put in a crib or other confined spaces; as this tragic death illustrates, doing so puts babies at risk of becoming trapped and suffocating.) In addition, there have been 22 other reports of infants falling over the side of the portable infant recliner.

The recall involves more than 30,000 of the recliners. "First generation" Nap Nannies -- those purchased before August 15, 2009 -- were made without “D”-rings and Velcro safety straps that help secure the cover to the base. If you own one of these, stop using it immediately and register here for an $80 coupon that can be used toward the purchase a second generation Nap Nanny (which does have the extra safety features). If you own a second generation recliner (bought after August 15, 2009), you can continue using it, but only after you view an instructional video and read the company’s latest warnings about the product.

Leslie Gudel, the company's founder and president, said in an official statement, "As mothers ourselves, we were deeply saddened to learn of an infant death in a crib associated with the use of the Nap Nanny. Safe sleep is of the utmost importance, and we have worked closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to implement this voluntary recall, to help ensure that the Nap Nanny is used properly and only on the floor."

For more information, call the CPSC recall hotline at 800-638-2772 or contact Baby Matters at 888-240-4282. Also, see

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