Parents Should Stop Using 'Unsafe' DockATot Deluxe+, CPSC Says
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is cracking down on the sale of unsafe sleep products under its new Infant Sleep Products Rule, which went into effect in June making it unlawful to sell infant sleep products that don’t meet federal safety standards.
The latest product in violation? The DockATot Deluxe+ Dock. The product was determined to be unsafe for infant sleep because it is a flat product that doesn’t have a stand, doesn’t meet certain stability requirements and doesn’t have a side height of at least 7.5 inches, according to the CPSC.
Despite the CPSC issuing a citation to DockATot about the safety issues the product presented, chief among them a suffocation risk, according to the CPSC, the brand has continued to manufacture the product past the June 23 cutoff and still has models for sale on the website.
“It is unsafe for your baby to sleep in a DockATot Deluxe+; immediately discontinue its use,” CPSC commissioner Rich Trumka told parents in a separate statement. Trumka encouraged parents to read about the reports submitted by the public of incidents and death caused by sleeping in the DockATot Deluxe+.
DockATot maintains on its website that the Dockatot Deluxe+ is not intended to be used for sleep, but “babies fall asleep most anywhere you put them, and this may include a Deluxe+ dock. You should always supervise your baby in the dock.” For Trumka, this recommendation to supervise sleep just isn’t good enough. “I want to ensure that products sold for babies will not kill babies, and CPSC is making progress toward that goal every day,” Trumka said.
If you’re looking for ways to ensure you’re following safe infant sleep practices, check out The Bump’s top 10 tips.
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