TORONTO – Health Canada says the U.K. distributor of the Bednest bedside crib, which has one side lower to allow positioning near a bed and access to an infant for care and feeding, is being recalled because the product is not compliant with Canadian regulations.
Under the regulations for cribs, cradles and bassinets, products must meet minimum side height requirements. Health Canada says the crib distributed by Bednest Ltd. could lead to the following hazards:
- “If the space between the bed and the product is too wide, a baby can become trapped. It may seem like there is no gap, but one might be created when the adult lies down.”
- “If the fabric over the frame is not securely attached, it can bunch up when the side is folded down, creating an opening between the fabric and the product’s frame. This opening can cause a baby to suffocate or fall.”
Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents related to the use of these bedside sleeping products in Canada, but a seven-week-old infant in the United Kingdom was found strangled in her crib earlier this month.
It is not known how many of the European-made bedside cribs have been sold in Canada.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products, the federal department said Monday.
“Parents and caregivers should never leave a child unattended in a bedside sleeping product with the side lowered. Room sharing is a safer sleeping choice for babies than the use of bedside sleeping products.”