Infant Deaths Prompt Millions of Boppy Loungers Sold on Amazon to be Recalled

Millions of Boppy Company loungers have been recalled from big-box stores and Amazon after eight infants reportedly died from using the products, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Nearly 3.3 million loungers will be recalled from department stores like Pottery Barn Kids, Target and Walmart as well as online at those locations and Amazon. The voluntary recall is for three of the company's products including the Newborn Lounger, the Preferred Newborn Lounger, and the Pottery Barn Lounger.

The loungers were sold in a variety of styles and cost between $30 and $44. The company also distributed 35,000 products in Canada, according to the CPSC.

Boppy and the CPSC issued the recall to address the risk of infant suffocation after a series of infant deaths were reported between December 2015 and June 2020. In all cases, the infants reportedly suffocated after being placed on their back, side or stomach on the lounger and were later found on their side or on their stomach.

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Millions of Boppy Company loungers have been recalled from big-box stores and Amazon after eight infants reportedly died from using the products, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The company said the loungers are not for infants to sleep in. Safety Recall Poster/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Boppy said that the fatalities occurred when the products were used for sleep. However, the loungers are meant for supervised play while babies are awake and sitting or laying on the pad.

"We are devastated to hear of these tragedies," a spokesperson for Boppy said in a press release. "Boppy 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. The lounger was not marketed as an infant sleep product and includes warnings against unsupervised use."

Nearly one year ago, the CPSC issued a warning to caregivers to never let infants sleep on lounging pads after at least 28 infant deaths were tied to the products from 2012 to 2018.

In a number of newborn lounger reviews on Amazon, parents rated the products highly and admitted that they let their babies sleep in them.

One review from February 2020 said, "I purchased this for my baby who suffers from reflux. He was not sleeping well while flat and I didn't have a safe way to prop him up. This pillow worked well when my little one was swaddled. He couldn't really move much from the position I put him in so I felt okay with letting him sleep in it. [It's not advised but I felt it was safe enough for him after watching him in it during the day.]"

In a five-star review of a lounger on Target, a parent wrote, "This thing is amazing!! Seems so simple right? It's a lifesaver for all new moms. My baby loved falling asleep on this and it cradles them so perfectly. This helped me keep my sanity, take a shower, and feel like a human again. Every new mom should register for this!"

CPSC continued to emphasize that the best place for babies to sleep is on a firm, flat surface like a crib, bassinet or play yard. Other items like blankets and pillows should never be added to an infant's sleeping environment.

Caregivers using the Boppy Company Newborn Loungers are advised to stop immediately and contact the company for a refund. Visit www.boppy.com and click "Recall & Safety Alert" for more information.