I just came across the story of Daniel Moyers, a five month old baby, that suffocated in a peapod travel crib from Kidco just this past December (23rd).
Just two days before Christmas.
It has been determined by their doctor that the death was caused by positional asphyxiation, not SIDS.
And maybe because my baby, born just a month after him, is sleeping upstairs. Or maybe because I can not imagine any one thing more painful than losing one of my children. I feel compelled to pass this on.
And, I don’t mean to incite panic or any kind of ill will towards the company for continuing to sell the cribs.
But, I have looked at this item online and can see where it may not be the safest most breathable place for my baby to sleep.
She can roll and wiggle in all sorts of directions. And it does not look like she would be able to breathe if her face were to be pressed up agains the lower panel. I don’t need an official warning or recall to tell me that.
It took many cases of injury and death before drop-side cribs were recalled and ultimately taken off the market. And for each of those moms, I can guess without much reservation, that was one too many.
I had the option of buying one when we were first shopping for a crib for our oldest child. But something told me it didn’t seem safe. I wanted something sturdy and immobile. Plastic components weren’t going to be enough to hold my active baby, or my peace of mind. So I vehemently went with a stationary crib. Not because anyone told me to, or an official recall had been issued. Because wanted to err on the safe side.
An ER nurse once told me the most common phrase they hear from parents is, “He/she couldn’t do that yesterday!”
Therefore I am simply writing to say. Please take a second look before putting your baby to bed in one of these. Or any crib for that matter. Just a few seconds of consideration. Even if your baby has never managed to roll over before. This may be the first time he/she does it. Checking to see what that baby’s face may encounter or have its breathing obstructed by, could mean the difference between life and death. Your baby is counting on you.
And if you know someone else who may have a baby and or PeaPod Travel Crib I implore you to pass this story along. Not necessarily my post but the information in general. Through the pipelines of social media we can collectively decide that one death is too many. And let all mothers of babies that may be in similar danger be informed. And decided for their own child’s safety.