One of the Boppy newborn pillows have been recalled after it was found that the popular pillows caused eight infant deaths between 2015 and 2020. The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) urges parents and guardians to stop using the pillows immediately.
Specifically, the company has recalled their Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers. In total, the company is recalling about 3.3 million loungers nationwide and 35,000 sold in Canada.
Death occurred when the infant was placed in the pillow either on their back, side or stomach. The children fell asleep in the lounger and then suffocated in the fabric after rolling over onto their side or stomach.
The company was given a warning by CPSC last year and many consumers believe that the company should have recalled the product earlier. Oriene Shin, who is the policy counsel for Consumer Reports said “It’s been 10 months since the CPSC’s warning,” Shin said. “Clearly, whatever steps the company is taking for safety are insufficient. Infants continue to die, and every day that passes without stronger action is another day a terrible tragedy could happen.”
In total, since 2015 there have been 28 infant deaths caused by babies falling asleep on lounging or nursing pillows. Eight of them are connected to the Boppy Company.
CPSC said that babies should always be left on a firm flat surface when sleeping, like a crib or play yard. Pillows, blankets and other soft items should never be added with the sleeping infant. They have recently required all baby sleep products to meet all federal standards by 2022 and have broadened their investigation into products that are not intended for sleep, but could cause a baby to fall asleep in them.
There is growing concern among regulators that too many baby products being sold could be dangerous for infants if they were to fall asleep in the product. The CPSC has been concerned about nursing pillows for a long time and have been looking into whether the pillows can cause infant deaths. Last year they issued a warning to parents to not allow their infant to sleep on nursing pillows. A recall of any sort of specific nursing pillow has yet to be issued.
The last major recall of baby products happened back in 2010, when Sling Rider and Wendy Bellissimo had to issue a recall for nearly 1 million baby slings because it caused three infant deaths. Like the Boppy newborn pillows, the slings were soft and posed a suffocation risk to infants, especially those under 4 months. When attached to the mother’s body, the soft fabric of the sling caused the babies to suffocate when pressed close.
Boppy issued a statement saying that their pillows were never intended for infant sleep and are saddened at the news of eight infant deaths connected to their pillows. They said that the product “not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use,” and that the company “is committed to doing everything possible to safeguard babies. Including communicating the safe use of our products to parents and caregivers, and educating the public about the importance of following all warnings and instructions and the risks associated with unsafe sleep practices for infants.”
According to their website, “Boppy products are created for adult-supervised awake-time only.”
All those who purchased the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers can receive a refund by calling or emailing the company according to CPSC. Consumers may go to boppy.com or the CPSC website to learn more about how to receive their refund. They can also call 800-416-1355.