The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday they were taking action against the makers of the Nap Nanny, a popular product among parents to help their babies sleep, following the deaths of five infants and dozens of complaints. In media reports, the Commission says they have been trying for five months to work with the manufacturers to issue a voluntary recall, but say the makers of Nap Nanny have not been responsive to their requests. The Commission filed a complaint Wednesday against Baby Matters LLC to force the manufacturer to remove the product from store shelves and offer a full refund to customers.
Oklahoma Safe Sleep Champion and Hillcrest Medical Center Neonatologist, Dr. Lisa Owens, warns parents of the dangers of all sleep aid products. “People need to realize that there is NO sleep aid product available for a baby that is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They are not recommended because they are actually dangerous and deaths have been reported with every single type of these positioning aids. Just because they are sold in stores does not mean that they are approved or safe.”
Dr. Owens educates new parents on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s guidelines for a safe sleep environment, “Infants belong on their backs, on a firm surface, alone and with no bedding.”