Maker of Nap Nanny Infant Recliners Sued Over Safety Issues

Photo: CPSC

We’ve heard moms rave about the Nap Nanny — an infant recliner that keeps baby propped up during naptime — so we were alarmed to hear that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) filed a complaint Wednesday, against Baby Matters, LLC, of Berwyn, Pa., the manufacturer of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill, saying the recliners could be dangerous.

In a statement, the CPSC says the “Nap Nanny Generation One and Two, and Chill model infant recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants.” There have been over 70 reports to the CPSC of children nearly falling out of the product; four infants have died in Nap Nanny Generation Two recliners and a fifth death involved the Chill model.

The maker of the Nap Nanny, however, claims its products are safe, and that the incidents happened as a result of misuse. Leslie Gudel, owner and founder of Nap Nanny wrote on her website: “We do not believe the complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed… the fact that infants have died ‘while using’ the Nap Nanny improperly, such as when used in a crib where the child could suffocate on a crib bumper or a blanket, does not mean our product caused the child’s death or is hazardous.”

It remains to be seen what the courts will decide about Nap Nanny, but we’ll keep reporting as we hear more.

Have you ever used the Nap Nanny? Do you feel that it’s a safe product?