30,000 Nap Nanny Baby Recliners Recalled Following Death Of Infant

The recalled Nap Nanny.

The recalled Nap Nanny.

Following the death of a 4-month-old baby, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Baby Matters LLC have announced the recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners.

In the fatal incident, the Nap Nanny had been placed in a crib, contrary to instruction. The baby was found in her Nap Nanny harness, but hanging over the side of the recliner and caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper.

In all, there are 22 known reports of infants hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the harness.

From the CPSC site:

Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny even while the harness is in use. This situation can be worse if the Velcro straps, located inside the Nap Nanny cover are not properly attached to the “D”-rings located on the foam, or if consumers are using the first generation model Nap Nanny that was sold without “D”-rings.

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.

The Nap Nanny is a portable recliner designed for sleeping, resting and playing. The recliner includes a foam base with an inclined indentation for the infant to sit in and a fitted fabric cover and a three point harness. The first generation model of the Nap Nanny can be identified by the absence of “D”-rings in the foam base. In second generation models, the harness system has “D”-rings in the foam base and Velcro straps inside the fitted fabric cover.

The recalled Nap Nannys were sold at toy and children’s retail stores nationwide from January 2009 through July 2010.

According to the CPSC, consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny models — those 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 Napnanny.com/recall

Baby Matters Recalls Nap Nanny® Recliners Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards; One Infant Death Reported [CPSC via Consumer Reports]


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  1. Murph1908 says:

    “According to the CPSC, consumers with a first generation Nap Nanny models — those 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. “

    What? Screw that.

    I am not usually an alarmist about things, but no way in hell am I putting my baby into a different Nap Nanny just because it’s “third generation” or what not.

    • Starrion says:

      There isn’t a third generation. They added the D rings already. The problem is that people keep doing things like putting it in a playyard and the kids get stuck.

      The “recall” is so the company can reiterate the things you aren’t supposed to do with the second-generation model.

      Place Nap Nanny in an open area. Place infant in Nap Nanny and secure with provided restraints.

      – Do not put Nap Nanny on an elevated surface
      – Do not put Nap Nanny in an enclosed space
      – Do not place Nap Nanny over a stove
      – Do not suspend Nap Nanny over a tank of Great White sharks
      – Do not place Nap Nanny on a busy road.

      It’s your baby. You can spend five minutes reading a manual.

      • Murph1908 says:

        It’s my baby, so I can refuse to put it in a chair that killed someone else, too.

        My point is, the recall asking parents to buy another one of these with a coupon is insufficient to me. I’d rather call it a loss on the purchase of this item, and move on.

        Though actually, I likely wouldn’t have bought this item in the first place, knowing that soft items such as this aren’t recommended for infants.

        • SteveZim1017 says:

          WE have one and its perfectly safe when used properly and did miracles with letting my son nap with his acid reflux. That said, you have to use it properly, which isn’t that hard. Saying these are unsafe is like saying you won’t use a highchair because someone put their baby in one on their roof and it blew off.

          I feel sooo sick that a child died, but even moreso because the parents couldn’t take the 2 seconds to read and protect the poor little one.

        • Starrion says:

          Sorry that was a generic “your” and not directed at you specifically. (reading it back it sounds far more snarky than intended)

          I work in a tech position and it amazes me how often people refuse to read manuals, and then complain because it doesn’t work because they are doing the wrong things. Especially when it’s an infant that is using the product- it doesn’t take much to lose an infant.

          My problem with this recall is that the child was lost because the product was used incorrectly.

          My wife and I never used the crib wedge we got because our Ped. said it was not recommended.

      • Minze says:

        Ti sounds a little more than that. “Infants can partially fall or hang over the side of the Nap Nanny even while the harness is in use. ” It sounds like even if you use the harness the infant can hang out over the side. I’m guessing that they added the “D” rings to try and help alleviate this problem but it didn’t work out so well.

        “CPSC and the firm have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness.”

        If the kids are falling out of the NapNanny even when using the harness there’s a bigger issue than “people keep doing things like putting it in a playyard and the kids get stuck. “

      • chrisexv6 says:

        Borderline inappropriate I know, but after reading the “-do not” list, first thing that came to my mind: Happy Fun Ball

        In all seriousness, at some point companies need to realize if a product needs a “Do not” list thats more than 1 thing long, the people that buy the product are not going to obey it. KISS applies very well to infant/toddler stuff. My kids had no problem taking naps without a nap nanny.

        • craptastico says:

          “do not taunt nap nanny” ran through my mind as i read the list of do nots. i’m glad i’m not the only one.

        • thisistobehelpful says:

          The problem is idiots like this person sue when they screw up. So they need to try and cover every single base they can think of. I’m sure they even have people specially appointed to think of every stupid thing a person could do with a given product and then make a “do not” list. Like how stupid do you have to be to be told not to put any electric thing in your tub while it’s plugged in? Or how bout not drinking shampoo? Seriously, people are stupid and suffering the consequences is not allowed anymore. This was pretty terrible but why wouldn’t you look and see? Even the crib itself probably tells them not to put anything else in the crib with the baby in it. Most of those have warnings. Pediatricians tell you not to put pillows, blankets, stuffed animals etc in with the baby until a certain age. Everything this person did was wrong according to more than one “do not” list.

  2. bsh0544 says:

    Man, that thing looks comfortable.

  3. NarcolepticGirl says:

    “In the fatal incident, the Nap Nanny had been placed in a crib, contrary to instruction”


    • Hoot says:

      Have to recall it to protect consumers from their own stupidity.

      Although to be fair, I don’t read instructions all that often for things that don’t have a ton of parts, and a sleeping kid in the picture may = in the crib in my head. Though I damn sure will read the instructions for every little thing when I have a kid.

      • Rectilinear Propagation says:

        Their stupidity isn’t why the harness doesn’t work. There were 22 deaths, not just the one, and they’re only recalling the first generation that doesn’t have the D-rings.

        • mxjohnson says:

          There were not 22 deaths. There were 22 “reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny® despite most of the infants being placed in the harness. One infant received a bruise as a result of hanging over the side of the product.”

          • Conformist138 says:

            one child in the country got a bruise? Oh god, the humanity!

            I am sad about the baby that died, but we shouldn’t freak out every time someone ignores clear instructions. I don’t have kids of my own yet, but even in my childless state, I wouldn’t leave a kid alone in that thing. It looks perfectly safe if it’s sitting on the floor in the living room while mom gets a moment to read or something in the same room. But no one should assume strapping the child down will make them safe without supervision.

      • thisistobehelpful says:

        Well… good thing you don’t babysit I guess.

        “For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you keep blankets out of your baby’s crib until he’s at least 12 months old. After this age, the statistical likelihood of dying from SIDS plummets. The risk of suffocation also goes down because most 12-month-olds are able to roll over and have the dexterity to move blankets away from their face.”


        Sleep sacks, nice pjs and warm socks.

  4. Harmodios says:

    How about we install these in airplanes?

  5. Gman says:

    Folks, you baby does not need anything soft or comfy. They are dangerous and suffocation hazards. Everything soft in the baby’s crib can be a hazard. That means bumpers, pads, toys and blankets.

    Your baby does not need anything soft to comfort them, they will do just fine on a nice hard crib mattress.

    Crib bumpers are not needed at all if your crib meets specifications, they can’t fit through the bars.

    Just because they have them set up in the baby stores does not mean that is the right thing to do or the right way to position it. Ask your pediatrician they will tell you the right way.

    • NarcolepticGirl says:

      I agree!
      I put my baby on the concrete floor with no blanket or pillow!

      • Clyde Barrow says:

        Concrete floor? That’s living like a king. I slept in a creek, in a paper bag, in the winter, without shoes.

        • Gman says:

          I had a van down by the river.

          • madfrog says:


            True story:
            When my sister came home from the hospital, she spent her first night sleeping in one of the dressers drawers in my parents room on the floor. Dad hadn’t gotten around to putting the crib back up. She slept, well, like a baby.

        • Angus99 says:

          Luxury! When we were growing up we lived in a hole in the road and our da would murder us to sleep every night!

    • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

      No shit, 100% agree. I’d watch parents buying bouncer seats, baby papasans, this and that… all the while I’m thinking that my babies always fell asleep fine on a regular crib mattress. Heck, I could place my kids on the floor on a blanket and they’d be out like a light.

      The only thing I can see this thing useful for is babies with gastro conditions, that need their upper body more elevated to prevent reflux. (As my disabled daughter had horribly) Otherwise, hell no. I’m not even a big advocate of changing tables, I kept diapers/wipes and such on a table in my living room. Like you said, just because there’s this beautiful nursery all set up in the store, doesn’t mean you need it or will even use it most of the time.

      • Gman says:

        Yup same. My kid [now 9 mos.] would fall asleep at grandmas on a blanket on the floor. We have never had any problems. Same with all of our friends with infants.

        Best advice we got [other than never stand in the firing line of a baby boy] was to follow what we saw in the hospital. If they didn’t do it in the nursery, you should not do it at home.

      • SteveZim1017 says:

        just curious but what is the difference between a changing table and the table you placed all of your stuff and changed the baby on?

    • myrall says:

      These are recommended (by many pediatricians, in fact) for infants with reflux that cannot be laid flat after eating. They work and have proved life-savers (pardon the irony) for a bunch of parents I know.

      • Gman says:

        Aye of course there will always be the exception to the rule. My kid has a bad reflux problem, but thankfully we did not have to go this far. We just had to hold him up for an hour after eating.

        I was being more general about “softening” a crib like with bumpers, pads, etc…

      • hosehead says:

        When our child was 6-months-old, she had acid reflux. We ended up putting a hard-cover book under two of the legs of the crib based on our pediatrician’s advice. He was wary of putting anything in the crib besides the infant (no blanket, no bumper, no pillow, nothing besides the infant). Worked like a charm, raised the whole crib a couple of degrees, enough to help with the reflux.

        By the way, infant acid reflux sucks hard. Glad that is over.

      • kalaratri says:

        Our little one was so full of mucus (and still is) that if lays flat, she chokes on her post-nasal drip. Dr. had us put her in an inclined sleeper and now there’s no choking so we all sleep better.

    • SteveZim1017 says:

      Have this and it worked great for my now 5 month acid reflux baby for naps. crib wedge UNDER the sheet to prop him up a little at night and a breathable bumper.

      yes the baby doesnt need soft things, but there are soft AND safe things out there if you do your research. Yes, a baby will sleep on a flat solid surface but a few safe comforts can make the difference between mommy and daddy waking up once or twice at night instead of 4-5 times.

  6. daveinva says:

    People aren’t following the instructions… quick, recall it!

    Anyway, what I *really* want to know is, do they make this thing in adult sizes? That looks really comfy.

  7. Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

    It looks like the Nap Nanny just needs higher sides, they’re kinda low. Raise the sides some, and babies might not fall out while sleeping.

  8. rpm773 says:

    In the fatal incident, the Nap Nanny had been placed in a crib, contrary to instruction

    It would be interesting to see the instructions. More specifically, how many different languages they were written in and crammed into a 2-page pamphlet.

    I’m sure it was partly due to new-father jitters, but I would get annoyed scouring the instructions, sifting through German, Spanish, French and everything else, looking for any warnings written in English that I may have missed.

    • Phil Villakeepinitrreal says:

      Yeah, I mean, it’s not like they group all the warnings in each language together in a multi-language manual, so that you can read the entire set without searching repeatedly for warnings in your native language. Oh, wait…

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        They don’t always. We have plenty that have 3 languages (or more) on EACH page, giving the instructions for that picture … and then the warnings are all in a giant block of multilingual text in the back.

        The one that drives me BATSHIT is that they always put the weight limit on the packaging, but tons and tons of things, including our bouncy chair, swing, and changing table attachment for the pack n play, don’t have the weight limit in the instructions or on the copious attached permanent warnings.

        • kalaratri says:

          I hate the weight limit issue too. I have a big ol’ baby with freakish leg strength, so saying 6-9 months or ‘infant/newborn’ means little to me since she’s 4 months and already wearing supposedly 6-9 months cloths. She almost threw herself out of her Rock and Play this morning despite it’s harness, because I guess they didn’t expect babies her age to be able to push their bodies up the back that far and pull their legs out.

  9. JamieSueAustin says:

    Can I get that in adult sizes? It looks comfy.

  10. JamieSueAustin says:

    Can I get that in adult sizes? It looks comfy.

  11. grapedog says:

    I seems like the list of safe baby products is smaller than the list of unsafe baby products. I’m on the national recall list, and it seems like every day something new is being recalled because it lead to some death or dismemberment of a toddler.

  12. perfectly_cromulent says:

    it only makes sense to recall something associated with an infants death and other issues of “hanging or falling out”. it seems like the design isn’t holding the infant in place like it should…?

  13. ElleAnn says:

    It looks like a totally unnecessary baby item. Some babies have reflux and do better when they sleep at an incline. Most parents just use a bouncy seat or an infant car seat.

    • drburk says:

      Per new instructions (within the last 2 weeks) nurses and hospitals are being trained to inform parents that infant car seats and carriers are only for use in the car and that they should not be used to carry a baby around or be used outside of a car.

      • ElleAnn says:

        Good to know. I don’t have any kids- so I wasn’t aware of this. I do see people with babies sleeping in car seats in restaurants and other public place all of the time.

      • craptastico says:

        what’s the reason for this? i have a 10 month old, so she’s outgrown the car seat, but we used to let her sleep in the car seat all the time. what’s the danger?

        • Kuchen says:

          Because of the incline in a car seat, babies–especially smaller and younger babies without adequate head control–can lean their heads forward in a way that could occlude their airways. I’m not sure I agree with saying that babies should only be in the car seat while in the car, but they should not be in the car seat while out of sight of an adult.

    • kalaratri says:

      Letting Jr. sleep in a car seat can be dangerous because of the way it positions infant bodies and bouncers and other seats have their own problems because they aren’t meant for overnight sleeping.

  14. pantheonoutcast says:

    They recalled it because one person didn’t follow directions?

    Doesn’t that set a bad precedent for idiots everywhere to throw away the instruction manual and use products as they see fit?

    “Kitchen-Aid recalls 3 million stand mixers because Joe Schmo got his genitalia caught in the blades.”

    • rpm773 says:

      Jesus…I’d like to have that image that just popped into my head recalled.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      No, they recalled the first generation because they lack the D-rings necessary for the harness to work correctly.

    • Blueberry Scone says:

      Companies have number-crunchers that determine when they should issue a recall. For every X number of product sold, a recall must be issued if Y number of the product is faulty. And I’m sure that some companies issue recalls as soon as they hear of *one* such instance – especially if it results in a fatality.

  15. benbell says:

    “In the fatal incident, the Nap Nanny had been placed in a crib, contrary to instruction. The baby was found in her Nap Nanny harness, but hanging over the side of the recliner and caught between the Nap Nanny and the crib bumper. “

    Having a crib bumper is also against suggestion. It is really only decorative and should be removed when a the baby is in it.

    • Gman says:

      We hung ours up on the wall as decoration. Used alligator clips so we can take it down when we want too when our kid gets older.

  16. ycnhgm says:

    If you have an idea that leads to a product that claims it will make a baby sleep better you made it for life (well, almost). It is crazy how much money, especially new parents, spend on useless crap like a Nap Nanny. That things sells for $130 at Babies’R’Us. Incredible.

  17. MrsLopsided says:

    Unfortunately being a parent is OJT .. and the kids suffer.

  18. BadgerPudding says:

    It seems a very positive thing that the company is aggressively trying to correct the use of the product. Really, almost everything to an infant is a suffocation or fall hazard. They’re pretty helpless from what I understand.

  19. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    Ridiculous. “contact the firm to receive an $80 coupon towards the purchase of a new Nap Nanny with free shipping. ”

    Coupon? Seriously? Your Retention Specialist SUCKS.

  20. jeni0509 says:

    Really the directions are all there right on the website! You don’t even NEED a booklet! This is not the companys fault, this is the fault of a stupid parent who let their baby die because they didn’t follow instructions! Seriously if you have a baby read ALL directions before using a product! It clearly states to use only on the floor! It is a wonderful product and people who cannot read the directions should not buy any product, its as simple as that. Your baby is worth a few moments of reading directions!

    “Kitchen-Aid recalls 3 million stand mixers because Joe Schmo got his genitalia caught in the blades”

  21. UnicornMaster says:

    Why does this product exist? (For $120 no less!) Don’t we already have cribs, beds, cradles, car seats and a million other places babies don’t have a problem falling asleep on? I don’t think babies care if its memory foam.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      Apparently the incline it keeps the baby in is good if they have trouble with acid reflux or post-nasal drip and they recommend not letting babies sleep in car seats.

      I do agree the price is kind of redonk for something where the harness doesn’t even work right.

  22. Tamar Weinberg says:

    Pediatricians advise parents NOT to use bumpers with infants. I followed this with my son and got into many a disagreement with my more traditional parents who thought bumpers were just fine (since I used them myself as a kid). Maybe it is, but it still poses a suffocation hazard. Why do parents totally disregard this recommendation?

    • Kuchen says:

      Seriously. So, I’m a nurse on an OB unit, I was working in postpartum a few weeks ago, and one family kept putting a big, soft pillow under the baby in the bassinet. It came up the sides and basically surrounded the baby’s head. EVERY time I went in the room, I would pick up the baby, take out the pillow, and explain to the parents that it was not safe to have that in the crib with him. Every hour, for 12 hours, I did the same thing. I explained the crap out of the “safe sleeping environment” info to those parents, but I’m still pretty sure they went home and shoved pillows around that baby.

  23. SugarCubesAndHandcuffs says:

    I really don’t see a problem with the product. It is obviously not meant to be put in a crib or on anything other than the floor. As the name implies… it’s for a nap. It seems like a great product for little supervised naps when you want your baby in the room with you. It also seems decently obvious that you shouldn’t leave the baby alone in it. I’d be 100% comfortable using it in the manner I described however. It looks extremely comfortable and I can see how it would be comforting to the baby because the shape somewhat mimics how a baby is held in someone’s arms. It is pricey though.

    Bottom line, stop recalling products because people are too utterly retarded to use them. Some of us still retain our common sense.

  24. AngryK9 says:

    Whatever happened to the good old days when parents actually kept a wide-awake, sober eye on their children?

  25. BytheSea says:

    These look really, really stupid. As dumb as those horrid baby seats for kids who aren’t big enough to sit up. Even used properly, it looks like the kid could slump down and his massive coconut head could suffocate him. Cheap foam rubber furniture is for college students who can rescue themselves from their drunken falls. Not infants who can’t lift their own heads, and parents who can’t be there every minute when a strangulation can take seconds.

  26. smo0 says:

    Holy shit, I want one of these….

  27. kujospam says:

    Wow am I really sick of dumb parents. Your crib should not have bumpers. Your kids do not move fast enough side to side to warrant a serious head injury. Also, they just need a firm mattress with walls around it. This is really simple people. Your baby will be fine, sleep fine, and will live. I really get sick of hearing about people’s babiess died because of their stupidity.

  28. thisistobehelpful says:

    So… it was used improperly by the mother and the baby died as a result of misuse so there’s now a recall. WTF? I get the harness thing being a problem but if you use the product against what’s advised then it’s YOUR fault. Lady YOU killed your baby, not the stupid recliner. What was wrong with just the crib anyway? That’s what cribs are for.

  29. goldilockz says:

    Key phrase is that it was used contrary to what the instructions say. The thing is a pretty pointless waste of money as it is though.