Boppy Has Recalled 3.3 Million Newborn Loungers
The Boppy Company is recalling all of its newborn loungers, including the original newborn lounger, the Boppy preferred newborn lounger and Pottery Barn Kids newborn loungers. The call comes following the death of eight infants due to suffocation.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the infants suffocated after they were placed in the lounger on their back, side or stomach. They were found on their side or stomach. The deaths occurred between December 2015 and June 2020.
The loungers were around 23 inches long by 22 inches wide and 7 inches high. They were sold in a variety of colors. The recalled 3.3 million loungers were sold in store and online at stores including Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart and Amazon from January 2004 through September 2021. They retailed between $30 and $44. Boppy also distributed around 35,000 loungers in Canada.
The CPSC advises all consumers to immediately stop using the lounger and contact The Boppy Company for a refund at 800-416-1355 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at Boppy.com.
“These types of incidents are heartbreaking,” acting chairman of the CPSC Robert S. Adler said in a release. “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation. Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time–even in products not intended for sleep–and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”
“We are devastated to hear of these tragedies,” a spokesperson for Boppy also commented. “Boppy is committed to doing everything possible to safeguard babies, including communicating the safe use of our products to parents and caregivers, and educating the public about the importance of following all warnings and instructions and the risks associated with unsafe sleep practices for infants. The lounger was not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use.”
To follow best baby sleep practices, make sure baby is sleeping on their back on a firm and flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard without crib bumpers, blankets, pillows, toys or other items.