The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Baby Matters LLC recently recalled approximately 30,000 Nap Nanny baby recliners. The voluntary recall was sparked by the tragic death of a four-month-old baby girl. The Nap Nanny is a molded pillow-like recliner with a harness to secure an infant. The item is intended to be used on the floor, away from any other objects. The death was caused when the Nap Nanny was used in a crib and the child fell sideways off the recliner and became trapped between the recliner and the side of the crib. The harness was reportedly being used at the time.
There have been twenty-two other reports of infants falling off the side of the Nap Nanny, despite the frequent use of the harness. One child sustained a scrap on the forehead, also from sliding off the recliner and hitting crib siding. It is unfortunate that action was not taken prior to the heartbreaking death of an infant.
Two Nap Nanny models are in existence. The generation two model features D-rings connecting the harness straps to the recliner. The Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests the following action, according to an article from the Chicago Tribune:
"Consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny models, without ‘D’-rings, should stop using the recalled baby recliners immediately and contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny with free shipping. Consumers with a second generation Nap Nanny model, with ‘D’-rings, should immediately stop using the product until they are able to visit the firm’s website to obtain new product instructions and warnings. Consumers will also view an important instructional video to help consumers ensure the harness is properly fastened. Consumers who are unable to view the video or new instructions online, should contact the firm to receive free copies by mail. For more information, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.napnanny.com/recall"
Realistically, the product does not appear to be a necessity. Given the above-described incidents, it does not appear worth risking the life of your child to continue using this product. Cribs, cradles, and playpens may suffice to satisfy naptime needs.