Health Canada is stressing the need that Fisher-Price infant-to-toddler and newborn-to-toddler rockers should never be used for babies' sleep, after 13 deaths were reported in the U.S. between 2009 and 2021.
Due to the incline of the product, babies are at risk of suffocating if left unsupervised. Sleeping in a sitting position can cause the infant's head to fall forward, making it hard to breathe.
“If your baby falls asleep in this product, move them to a safe surface intended for sleeping, such as a crib, cradle or bassinet,” said Health Canada in a media statement.
While there have been no reports in Canada of deaths related to the rockers, parents are still reminded that products for play are not meant for sleep.
Ensuring that your child sleeps in a safe environment and on their backs reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Sleep environments should always be a firm, flat surface with a fitted sheet; no gaps between the mattress or on the sides with no loose bedding, pillows or toys.
According to a Safe Sleep brochure, even babies who frequently spit up are safer when sleeping on their backs.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that Fisher-Price has sold more than 17 million rockers worldwide since the 1990s. CPSC finalized a new regulation on June 23rd, requiring that infant sleep products have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less.
Parents are encouraged to report any incidents that involve the rockers to Fisher-Price at 1-800-432-5437 or by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.