Nap Nanny Recliners Recalled After Infant Death

By Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
July 26, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

A re-enactment of an infant falling over the side of a Nap Nanny placed in a crib, an incorrect use of the product. The CPSC and the product company have received 22 incident reports of infants falling over the side.  (Courtesy of Consumer Product Safety Commission)
A re-enactment of an infant falling over the side of a Nap Nanny placed in a crib, an incorrect use of the product. The CPSC and the product company have received 22 incident reports of infants falling over the side. (Courtesy of Consumer Product Safety Commission)
After the death of an infant resting in a Nap Nanny portable baby recliner, the product company Baby Matters voluntarily recalled 30,000 of its recliners, announced the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with Baby Matters, Monday.

A 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich., died in a Nap Nanny that was put in a crib. In her harness, she was found hanging over the side of Nap Nanny, caught between the recliner and the crib bumper, according to preliminary reports from CPSC.

In addition to this death, another infant was trapped when the recliner was used in a crib. Although harnessed according to the company’s instruction, the infant fell over the side of the Nap Nanny and was stuck between the recliner and the side of the crib. The infant was cut on the forehead.

“Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny even while the harness is in use,” read the commission’s press release. “In addition, if the Nap Nanny is placed inside a crib, play yard or other confined area, which is not a recommended use, the infant can fall or hang over of the side of the Nap Nanny and become entrapped between the crib side and the Nap Nanny and suffocate.”

“Likewise, if the Nap Nanny is placed on a table, countertop, or other elevated surface and a child falls over the side, it poses a risk of serious head injury. Consumers should always use the Nap Nanny on the floor away from any other products.”

Altogether, CPSC and the firm have received 22 incident reports related to the infants in Nap Nannies. Most of them were under 5-months-old.

The recliner has been marketed to improve sleep, comfort, and medical conditions, including flu.

Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu