Safety Warning Issued on "DockATot" Infant Loungers

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Consumer Product Safety Commission says infant lounger is unsafe, warns consumers about danger

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning on the "DockATot" infant lounger, saying the product is not safe for use and that consumers should be aware of the dangers of the device.

Consumer advocacy groups Kids in Danger (KID) and the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) issued a statement saying they believe the devices are unsafe and should not be sold or purchased.

Specifically, the two groups said in response to the warning from CPSC:

"No infant lounger should be allowed for sale regardless of manufacture date and they should be removed from homes due to suffocation hazard. Consumers should not buy or use these products, and should immediately dispose of them rather than donating or reselling."

“Products that don’t meet the CPSC’s Infant Sleep Product Rule but encourage parents to use them as loungers or for naps should not be available,” stated Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger. “The very dangers products like these pose are the reason for the Infant Sleep Product Rule. Parents shouldn’t be fooled by a change in nomenclature from sleeper to lounger.”

Babies sleep safest on their back, and on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard that meets a federal standard, with only a fitted sheet. Other products such as crib bumper pads, pillows, blankets, or other products should not be in the sleep environment. View KID’s Safe Sleep PSA for more safety information.

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