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More than three million Boppy infant lounger pillows are recalled after eight children die

More than three million Boppy infant lounger pillows are recalled after eight children die from suffocation

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of more than three million Boppy infant lounger pillows on Thursday
  • It comes after eight infants were placed on their backs on the loungers and were found suffocating on their side or on their stomach
  • The recall includes Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers
  • More than 3.3 million were sold across the United States and online from January 2004 to September 2021, with 3,500 sold in Canada
  • A spokesperson for the company said it was never meant for sleep
  • Boppy is now offering a refund to customers 


More than three million Boppy infant lounger pillows have been recalled, after at least eight babies died from suffocation in their sleep.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers on Thursday.

More than 3.3 million have been sold across the United States and online from January 2004 to September 2021, at stores like Target, Walmart, Pottery Barn and Amazon.com.

An additional 3,500 were sold in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Boppy Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers

In its announcement, the agency stated that at least eight children were placed on their stomach in these loungers and were found suffocating on their side or on their stomach between December 2015 and June 2020.

‘These types of incidents are heartbreaking,’ said Robert S. Adler, the acting chairman of the CPSC. 

‘Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time – even in products not intended for sleep – and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.’

A spokesperson for the company also said in a statement: ‘We are devastated to hear of these tragedies. 

‘Boppy is committed to doing everything possible to safeguard babies, including communicating the safe use of products to parents and caregivers, and educating the public about the importance of following all warnings and instructions and the risks associated with unsafe sleep practices for infants.’

He added that the loungers are not meant for infant sleep, and ‘includes warnings against unsupervised use.’

The agency warns that babies should not add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to the baby's sleep environment

The agency warns that babies should not add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to the baby’s sleep environment

The company confirmed it was issuing a voluntary recall and offering refunds to customers.

Anyone who has purchased the loungers can contact the company at (800) 416 – 1355 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or can request a refund online at www.boppy.com and click the ‘Recall and Safety Alert’ tab.

The recall comes one year after the agency warned that ‘pillow-like infant products, including nursing pillows and lounging pads are not designed for sleep and are not safe for sleep.’

It noted that almost 1,000 infants suffocate in their sleep each year and advised parents that ‘Bare is Best for an infants sleeping environment. 

‘Do no add blankets, pillows, padded bumpers or other items to the baby’s sleep environment.’ 

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