An infant sleeper, the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper from Kids II
The Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper from Kids II.

Update: On July 31, Dorel Juvenile Group USA recalled about 24,000 inclined sleepers, citing infant deaths linked to other similar products. The recall involves two inclined sleeper models made by the company: the Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet (model BT071DHS) and the Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet (model BT055CSY). Caregivers should immediately stop using the products.

Update: On June 27, Fisher-Price recalled about 71,000 inclined-sleeper accessories sold with its Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards, because of fatalities reported while using other inclined sleep products. 

Update: On May 15, Health Canada announced two separate recalls for Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers sold in Canada, citing safety risks. The first involved approximately 2,000 products sold from December 2009 to February 2011 with model number R6070. The second involved about 600 sleepers, of various models, that were sold on Amazon.ca (Amazon’s Canadian website) between January 2018 and April 2019. Health Canada said caregivers should immediately stop using the products for naptime or overnight sleep. The recall does not apply to Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Soothing Seats, which are nearly identical products but not marketed for sleep.

Update: On April 26, Kids II recalled 694,000 of its Rocking Sleepers citing infant deaths, and said parents should immediately stop using the products. 

Update: On April 12, Fisher-Price recalled all 4.7 million of its Rock 'n Play Sleepers, citing infant fatalities, and said parents should immediately stop using the products. 

This article was originally published on April 11.


Four additional deaths are linked to infant inclined sleepers, according to Consumer Reports’ ongoing investigation of these kinds of products.

The sleepers—the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper and the Bright Starts Playtime to Bedtime Sleeper—are made by the children’s product company Kids II. A spokesperson for Kids II confirmed to CR that the company is aware of four deaths associated with those products. The Bright Starts product was discontinued in 2016, but the Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper is still available.

On April 8, CR tied a similar product, the Fisher-Price Rock ’n Play Sleeper, to 32 deaths and called for that product’s immediate recall. CR also urged the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set strong rules for all infant sleep products and give consumers more protective, timely, and consistent safe sleep advice.

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“These inclined products are linked to infant deaths and conflict with medical experts’ safe sleep recommendations. Kids II should recall them immediately,” says William Wallace, senior policy analyst at CR. “Babies should be put to bed alone, on their backs, on a flat, firm surface in their own space. If any infant sleep product doesn’t align with this advice, the CPSC should get it off the market right away, so that parents and caregivers don’t unwittingly put their babies at risk.”

After CR’s initial report on the Rock ’n Play Sleeper, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged the CPSC to recall that product immediately. The group also said it “does not recommend inclined sleep products like the Rock ’n Play, or any other products for sleep that require restraining a baby.”

A spokesperson for Kids II said, “Each of these [deaths] are tragic and heartbreaking. In the four cases, there were either extenuating circumstances not relating to the sleep product or a failure to follow instructions and warnings. No incidents were a result of product malfunction or design.”

When CR asked Fisher-Price for further comment, a spokesperson restated: “We have worked and will continue to work closely with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the safe use of our products, including the Rock ’n Play Sleeper.”

A spokesperson for the CPSC said the agency is investigating the risks of inclined sleepers, but would not comment specifically about these four additional deaths. “Incidents involving fatalities warrant the highest level of attention at CPSC,” the spokesperson said.

The agency has not yet issued a recall for the Fisher-Price or Kids II products, and noted that “In order to bring a case, we need to establish the facts and evidence to make a defect determination to meet the legal standard required for a recall.”

But Marietta Robinson, who served as one of several CPSC commissioners from July 2013 to June 2018, says the agency has known of the risk of these types of products for years and could have taken action sooner. “These deaths were occurring over many months at the end of my time there, and I pushed for answers and appropriate action," Robinson says. But Robinson says she was told that the agency “could not determine if the deaths resulted from a defect, which I believe to be nonsense.”

Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing childhood injuries from consumer products, advises parents who currently have a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper or any other inclined sleep product to stop using it immediately. “Do not sell or donate it. Destroy it or store it until there is a recall so you can participate and get a refund if offered," she says.

Read more about what parents can do to calm infants and help them sleep.

An Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper from KidsII
The box for an Ingenuity Moonlight Rocking Sleeper from Kids II.