Have you ever purchased a pillow or newborn lounger meant to help support your baby? Of course, we all have. You may be interested in learning that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Boppy Company, of Golden, Colorado, are urging consumers to stop using the recalled Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers. These were recalled in September 2021.

Suffocation Risks with Newborn Loungers

The Newborn Loungers were recalled due to risks that infants could suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a way that obstructs breathing. They also could risk rolling off of the lounger onto another surface or soft bedding.

The Newborn Loungers have not been legal for sale since they were recalled. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has sent numerous requests to Facebook Marketplace and other online marketplaces to remove the recalled products that continue to be posted for sale on their sites. It is unlawful to sell or donate a CPSC recalled product in any manner–online or any other way.

Shortly after the September 2021 recall, two infants died in Newborn Loungers that were used in an unsafe sleep environment. One death occurred in October 2021. In the incident, an infant was reportedly placed on the lounger for sleep and then rolled underneath a nearby adult pillow. The cause of death was positional asphyxia. In November 2021, an infant was placed on a Newborn Lounger in an adult bed with a parent and soft bedding and was later found deceased on the lounger. The cause of death was undetermined.

The best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard.

Return Newborn Loungers for a Refund

CPSC and Boppy urge consumers to stop using the recalled Newborn Loungers; if you have the Newborn Lounger please call The Boppy Company for instructions to dispose of the lounger and get a refund.

Contact The Boppy Company at 800-416-1355 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or online at www.boppy.com and click “Product Recalls” for more information.

The best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows, padded crib bumpers, or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs in a crib, bassinet or play yard designed for safe infant sleep.

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The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) promotes the health of women and newborns.

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