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Rock 'n Play recalled after AAP deems the infant sleep device 'deadly'

If you have a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play, stop using it immediately.

Recalled Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleepers have been linked to multiple infant deaths.

The Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper, touted by thousands of new parents as the sleep solution for infants who prefer to sleep in constant motion, has been recalled following a Consumer Reports investigation that found the product was tied to at least 32 infant deaths between 2011 and 2018. In most cases, the children were not buckled in and suffocated after rolling over in the sleeper from their back to their stomach or side. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urged Fisher-Price parent company Mattel to recall all models of the Rock 'n Play to prevent further harm.

“This product is deadly and should be recalled immediately,” said Kyle Yasuda, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics in a statement. “When parents purchase a product for their baby or child, many assume that if it’s being sold in a store, it must be safe to use. Tragically, that is not the case." Mattel finally issued a recall three days after the AAP statement.  

For years, new parents desperate for sleep have resorted to the inclined, rocking seat to soothe cranky infants into sleeping through the night. Along with diapers, clothes and bottles, the Rock 'n Play is often one of the top items on the new baby essentials list parents share with their pregnant friends and family. Though most medical professionals advise against letting babies sleep in the cloth-covered cradle, many local parents have reported receiving tacit pediatrician approval after exhausting all other options (and themselves). 

“Fisher-Price and the CPSC knew about deaths linked to this product for years and could have taken steps to avoid this unnecessary tragedy,” Consumer Reports President Marta Tellado said in a statement. “It took dogged investigation and the voices of doctors, victims’ families, and advocates across the country to make this recall a reality.”

Consumers who have a Rock ’n Play Sleeper can contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.  To reach the company, go to service.mattel.com and click on Recalls & Safety Alerts or call 866-812-6518 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.

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