As a new parent, you know how difficult it can be to get your baby to go to sleep. There are numerous products available that allow your baby to sleep in a comfortable position while still close to you. Unfortunately, not all of these products are as safe as you might assume they are.
Recently, a popular kind of inclined sleeper with a coated metal base and a fabric cover got recalled because of its connection with numerous infant deaths. Unfortunately, as many parents do not register baby products, parents may continue using these sleepers without realizing that they are putting their babies at risk.
Dangerous products aren't just in your home
Even more alarming is the potential for your childcare provider or daycare centers to use one of these sleepers even if you have gotten rid of your own. They will have to monitor multiple children, not just yours, which could result in a failure to notice an issue before it's too late.
According to a recent article by Consumer Reports, roughly 1 in 10 childcare or daycare centers still has these dangerous items. You should make a point of checking the sleepers used in your home and anywhere else that your baby stays to ensure you aren't unnecessarily exposing it to risk.
Inclined sleepers may increase the risk of death
Babies can easily smother themselves while sleeping. Because of their weak musculature and inability to communicate, small children can wind up endangered by the items in their cribs or sleep space. In order to reduce infant mortality, most professionals recommend that parents have a safe and separate sleep space with a child.
Unfortunately, even parents who do that might place their trust in the wrong product, unknowingly endangering their child. One of the models recalled, the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper, sold more than five million of these defective products. Another brand, Kids II, has roughly 700,000 dangerous sleepers on the market.
Victims of defective baby products can take action
When an unsafe product injures or kills a young child, nothing in the world can undo the harm that results. However, those parents have rights under the law if the defective product is directly responsible for their loss. There are at least 53 deaths associated with these recalled sleepers, and there could easily be more that have not yet received attention.
Products, especially those aimed at babies, should be safe for consumers to use as intended. When that isn't the case, the company may be liable. Talking with an experienced product liability and recall attorney can help your family determine what way to address this tragedy and how to prevent it from happening to others in the future.