Warning over Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleepers after 10 infant deaths in the US

Warning over Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleepers after 10 infant deaths in the US
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A warning has gone out to consumers after 10 babies died in Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleepers in the US since 2015.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price issued a statement on Friday saying the deaths had occurred after the babies - all under three months of age - rolled from their backs onto their stomachs.

Both Fisher-Price and the CPSC advised parents to stop using the sleepers without the three-point harness as the babies could roll over by themselves. 

The Rock 'n Play sleeper is available in New Zealand and Newshub contacted Consumer NZ to see if any advice was being sent out to parents here.

Fisher-Price owner Mattel issued a separate statement on Friday urging parents to "Always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock 'n Play sleeper."

In 2013 Dr. Roy Benaroch, a paediatrician in Atlanta, warned against using the Rock 'n Play saying it contravened advice given in the Sleep Guidelines from the American Academy of Paediatrics.

"The guidelines went over several important ways that parents can ensure that their children were sleeping safely," Dr Benaroch told the New York Times on Saturday.

"Among them was that babies should be placed to sleep on a firm, flat surface, and on their back. The Rock 'n Play is neither firm nor flat."


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