In September 2021, Boppy voluntarily recalled its Boppy Newborn Lounger line after it was linked to at least eight infant suffocation deaths. NBC News found that similar infant lounger products were responsible for even more deaths than previously believed. Boppy's infant loungers were sold through popular retailers like Pottery Barn Kids, Target, Walmart, and Amazon.com. At least 21 infant deaths connected to loungers occurred from December 2015 through September 2021, more than double the deaths cited in public warnings about specific brands.
Boppy Newborn Loungers and other similar products might have been subjected to stricter regulations, but the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) voted against the comprehensive action. The Safe Sleep for Babies Act introduced in May 2022 enacted tighter regulations for baby sleeping products, but loungers are not marketed as sleeping surfaces and were not covered under the new law.
Getting Boppy Newborn Loungers and similar products off the secondary market has proven difficult. Boppy has called on Meta to help combat the resale of these products on Facebook, which is already against the platform's terms of service. However, Meta has not been proactive in removing recalled items from the platform, and consumers have been able to purchase recalled infant loungers with ease.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants sleep on flat, firm surfaces without any bumpers, soft bedding, pillows, or stuffed toys for safety reasons.
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