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Nap Nanny Recalled: Use This Product Carefully

Nap Nanny Incorrect Use

INCORRECT USE: Re-enactment of a doll falling over side of Nap Nanny placed in crib. If you use this product, only place it on the floor away from other products.

Note: This OnSafety blog post has been updated.

 Nap Nanny® is a baby recliner that’s been sold since January 2009. The product is used to hold babies while they are resting, eating and sleeping. Today, Baby Matters, the company that makes Nap Nanny, is recalling the product, giving a voucher for one model and issuing warnings on another.

CPSC is investigating a report of a 4-month-old girl from Royal Oak, Mich., who died in a Nap Nanny that was being used in a crib. According to preliminary reports, the girl was in her harness and found hanging over the side of the product. She got caught between the Nap Nanny and the side of the crib.

Baby Matters has sold two models of Nap Nanny. The original model has the harness that holds a baby but no rings attached to the foam underneath the cover. Consumers should stop using these immediately. The second model has plastic, D-shaped rings attached through holes in the foam for consumers to secure Velcro harness straps through the rings.

If you use the Nap Nanny, make sure of the following:

  • If you own the second-generation model, fasten the harness correctly, using the rings attached to the foam, and make sure the harness is snugly fastened.
  • Always place all models of the Nap Nanny on the floor, away from other products. Even while harnessed, babies can lean over the side of the Nap Nanny. Do not put it inside a crib, bassinet or play yard, where a baby can get trapped and suffocate. Do not place it on your bed or near pillows and other bedding, another suffocation hazard.
  • Do not place any Nap Nanny model on a table or other high surfaces from which a baby could fall.

CPSC and Baby Matters, the company that makes Nap Nanny, have received 22 reports of infants, primarily younger than 5-months-old, hanging or falling out over the side of the Nap Nanny despite most of the infants being placed in the product’s harness.

Regardless of which model you own, contact Baby Matters toll-free at (888) 240-4282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.napnanny.com/recallfor a product voucher if your product does not have the rings or new instructions for products with the rings, including a video and warnings.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/nap-nanny-recalled-use-this-product-carefully/

Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives

The summer’s only half over and too many children are continuing to die in pools and spas. Since Memorial Day, CPSC has seen news reports of more than 210 child drownings and near drownings in pools and spas around the country. Nearly 90 children under the age of 15 have died. While many of the victims in the more than 120 near drownings were successfully rescued, other victims were left in serious condition.

These deaths and injuries are preventable. Each of us can and must take these simple steps to keep children safe in pools and spas.

Steps like always watching your children and never leaving them unattended in or near water.

Steps like keeping non-swimmers and young children within reach at all times when they are around water.

Steps like installing barriers (such as a 4-foot fence) around pools.

Steps like placing alarms on doors leading to pools to prevent young children from wandering into the pool area without your knowledge.

Steps like draining water out of portable and inflatable pools and turning them over when they aren’t in use.

Steps like making sure that children stay away from drain covers and pipes.

Steps like teaching your children pool safety rules, such as how to swim, not to pull or hang on friends and not to force or hold someone underwater.

And steps like learning CPR.

Watch this video. Share it. Live it. Embed it. And save a life.

(Watch in Windows Media format, or on CPSC’s YouTube Channel.)

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/pool-safely-simple-steps-save-lives/

Crib or Play Yard Tents: A Safety Risk

Tots in Mind Play Yard Tent

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear.

Today’s recall of 20,000 Cozy Indoor Outdoor Portable Playard Tents Plus Cabana Kitsis a reminder and warning to all parents who use crib and play yard tents.

A 2-year-old boy from Maine was found hanging with his neck entrapped between the play yard frame and the metal rod base of the tent. The tent had been partly tied by pieces of nylon rope and partly attached by clips supplied by the manufacturer. The tent was tied to the play yard because the child was able to pop off the clips. The child apparently became entrapped while trying to climb out of the play yard. The manufacturer promoted this product as a way to keep a child in the play yard.

In other incidents involving the Tots in Mind play yard tent, parents reported that their children broke or removed clips when trying to get out. The manufacturer is offering new, stronger clips for the recalled tent.

CPSC staff believes there are risks associated with crib or play yard tents. Over time and with children pulling on them, the tents can wear. Zippers can break. Seams can tear. Clips can break, bend or get lost. The mesh or fabric can rip. Parents should monitor these products closely for damage and stop using them if they are damaged in any way.

Children have become tangled and trapped in damaged tents used to try to keep them in. Since late 2007, CPSC has received at least 10 reports of incidents involving tents used on cribs and play yards, including one death and one near death.

Parents who use any crib or play yard tent should only use the attachment equipment that comes with the tent, nothing more. Do not tie tents to hold them in place. Tents that are torn, ripped, have any missing pieces or are in any type of disrepair are dangerous for your child.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/crib-or-play-yard-tents-a-safety-risk/

Put Safety in Play This Fourth of July

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2010/07/put-safety-in-play-this-fourth-of-july/