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Help Your Baby Sleep Safely So You Can Sleep Soundly

 Attention Parents

Recall Alert: Stop Using Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper Immediately               

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price took the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and issued a recall of 4.7 million

Rock 'n Play infant sleepers following reports of infant deaths. This product is dangerous and parents and caregivers are urged to stop using it right away.

An investigation by Consumer Reports that found 32 infants had died while using the sleeper since 2011. Some of the infants rolled over while unrestrained and some were unable to breathe due to their position.

To request a refund for the Rock 'n Play, visit or call the company at 866-812-6518. Those who have owned the Rock 'n Play for 6 months or less will receive a cash refund while those who have owned them longer will receive a voucher for a new Fisher-Price product.

The AAP does not recommend letting infants sleep in inclined products like the Rock 'n Play that require restraining a baby. AAP policy calls for infants to sleep on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers, bedding or stuffed toys. 

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Few things make you value sleep more than when you have a new baby. (We're parents, too. We understand.) We can't promise you more sleep, but we can offer you this―less worry and deeper sleep because you know your baby is sleeping safely.

When babies sleep with pillows, blankets, or on soft surfaces, they are at a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). When they sleep in bed with us, there's the added risk of suffocation from soft bedding or getting trapped under or rolled over by an adult. The good news? Parents have been using tried-and-true strategies to keep their babies' sleep spaces safe every day.


Sleep Soundly While Your Baby Sleeps Safe - Tips from the AAP


These techniques can: 



​Keep baby safe: This reduces the risk of SIDS and the chances of you or your partner mistakenly rolling over your baby.


​Help you sleep more soundly: We all sleep more deeply when we know our babies are as safe as can be.


​Set good habits: As parents, we want to cherish all their snuggles while they're small, but most of us also want to avoid them sleeping in bed with us forever. Getting babies used to sleeping in their own space now sets the habit for later. 

​How families and friends can help out: 

Are you a family member or friend looking to lend a hand? Your role is more important than ever. 

Here are a few ways you can help new (and sleepy) parents keep the newest member of the family safe.

  • Check in on mom after nursing and move baby to his or her own bed if needed.

  • Check in on baby's crib or bassinet once in a while―make sure its free of pillows or blankets.

  • Give baby's mom and dad permission to try something new. Most parents learn from their parents, and some families have a long tradition of putting babies to bed a certain way. Let them know that you are open to new ways of doing things that we now know are safer for baby.

  • Give baby's parents a break. Offer to wash dishes, watch the baby while parents take a nap, or urge them to take a walk while you stay with the little one. 

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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