The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has issued a warning to buyers about the potential dangers of baby nests and baby sleeping bags.
After more than 4,500 unsafe baby nests and baby sleeping bags were pulled from shelves between 2021 and 2022, the CCPC is urging parents to heed their advice before buying the baby products.
The CCPC says unsafe baby sleeping bags can pose “a number of potentially serious safety hazards” including suffocation when the neck opening is too large, strangulation from strings, cords, ties and ribbons, and choking from chipped parts.
As for baby nests, the CCPC says “cocoon-like” mattresses, also known as baby pods or sleeping pods, are “not safe for unattended use” and that the products “should not be used as extra bedding in a crib, crib, or left unattended on other soft surfaces.”
There are a number of potentially serious safety hazards associated with some baby nest products, including suffocation if a baby’s head is stuck, strangulation from cords or ribbons on some styles of nests for babies and suffocation due to interior contents, padding or small detachable parts becoming accessible to a baby.
Over the past 16 months a number of baby bags and baby nests have been recalled in Ireland:
- TK Maxx has recalled certain infant sleeping bags because the neck circumference is too large, which could injure a baby if they slip inside the sleeping bag.
The recalled brands are Sam & Jo, First Wish, Little Red Caboose, Willow Blossom, Aspen, Piper & Posie, Shabby Chic, Artisan, Dylan & Abby, Miss Mona Mouse, Harry & Me.
The CCPC has urged consumers with safety concerns about a previously purchased baby nest or sleeping bag to immediately stop using the product and contact them as soon as possible using their helpline. on 01 402 555 or email [email protected]
CCPC has its full advice on the use of baby bags and baby nests available here.