The infant deaths were tallied by an analysis from the consumer watchdog group, Consumer Reports. According to Fisher-Price's website, this is exactly how the idea for the Rock 'n Play originated - a mom looking to make a product that would allow her spit-up prone baby to sleep through the night.
But the AAP said on Tuesday that the warning does not go far enough.
Consumer Reports said its investigation into infant deaths linked to the Rock 'n Play Sleeper found some babies that died were younger than 3 months. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) statement comes days after the company issued its own warning about the product, which said children older than three months who have learned how to roll over should not use the product. The cause of death for some babies was asphyxia, or the inability to breathe caused by the babies' position.
"This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately", said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"It's a terrifying tragedy. most parents are surprised to learn that this product that seems like a safe sleep place is a risky place to put your baby to sleep", said Peachman. Tragically, that is not the case.
CPSC and Fisher-Price are reminding consumers to create a safe sleep environment for infants, whether using a crib, bassinet, play yard, or inclined sleeper.
'We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these unsafe products on the shelves, ' Rachel Moon, a doctor with the AAP said in the statement.
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Keenan and Evan Overton want to warn other parents about the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper after their son died while sleeping in the product. "It's not safe for a baby to sleep at an angle, whether it's a auto seat or a swing".
Pediatricians have long recommended that babies always sleep alone on their backs on a firm, flat surface without any soft objects or loose bedding.
The Academy offers more information on safe sleep recommendations in the policy statement SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. If the evidence shows the need for a recall, we will take that step.
The federal agency, tasked with regulating consumer products, has "identified a hazard with rollover issues", in which babies move onto their stomachs or sides and can't return to their back. All Rock 'n Plays also come with a harness restraint belt. That includes strollers, auto seats or any product that would allow a baby to turn into an unsafe sleeping position and suffocate.
Fisher-Price told USA Today that "the safety of children is our highest priority".
Parenting forums have always been filled with comments from parents raving that the inclined position of the Rock 'n Play helps their babies sleep but wondering whether it is safe.