The Nap Nanny is intended to re-create the comfortable position of most carseats. Image: MRBECK on Flickr / CC - AT ND

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled Nap Nanny products, with the support of manufacturer Baby Matters. One 5-month-old died while using a Nap Nanny, but in that case it was being used incorrectly. Anyone who has a first generation Nap Nanny can get $80 off the purchase of a second generation product.

The Nap Nanny product

The Baby Matters company makes and distributes the Nap Nanny, a product they say helps fussy babies sleep more easily. Molded foam and a three-point harness re-create the shape and size of a car seat. The baby is not held in place when the harness is used incorrectly. First generation products do not have D-rings to help hold the Velcro harness in place. The recall is only for the first generation products, though there are concerns with second-generation products as well.

How you should react to the Nap Nanny recall

If you have a Nap Nanny, your reaction to the recall depends on the generation of the products. Between January 2009 and July 2010, the Nap Nanny first generation product was sold in many stores. Call Baby Matters at 888-240-4282 to get a coupon that will give you $ 80 off a new Nap Nanny. Before you use a Nap Nanny that does have D-rings, you should watch the video on the Baby Matters website.

Questions about the effectiveness of the CPSC

The Nap Nanny recall is just the most recent in a huge number of baby product recalls. Drop side cribs and pacifiers have also been recalled for safety dangers just this year. In 2008, Congress specifically required the CPSC to create standards for baby gear. Creating standards has been a long process, and only baby walkers and bath seats have complete standards. There are plans for standards for everything else, including cribs. Despite the huge responsibility of the safety of most products, the CPSC has little funding or staffing.

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