Local pediatrician weighs in on Rock 'N Play

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - This week, The American Academy of Pediatrics is pushing for the recall of a popular baby product.

But a local pediatrician is hoping to educate parents about the "Rock 'N Play"after a national safety warning.

10/11 NOW spoke with a local pediatrician who outlined the do's and don'ts when it comes to the sleeper.

It comes after a recent warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission saying the Rock 'N Play was responsible for 10 infant deaths in the last four years.

Katie Greisen says she used the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play sleeper over the last three weeks for her newborn daughter Lauren.

"We were using it next to our bed for her to sleep in, but again it's by our bed so I could hear her and we didn't use any blankets with her,” said Katie Greisen.

Greisen says she saw posts on social media warning parents about it but once she heard it from her pediatrician, she knew it was time to change their routine.

"She doesn't sleep in it anymore. We've been putting her in her crib,” said Greisen.

The family pediatrician Dr. Phil Boucher took to Facebook after getting a lot of questions about it.

He says it can help a baby sleep but could be dangerous.

"I think swings and Rock 'N Play and other devices like that where they are at an angle, are ok for short duration's of time when other people are around and about and keep an eye on baby,” said Dr. Phil Boucher.

His biggest message is to keep it boring.

Adding, expensive isn't always necessary when it comes to keeping your baby safe.

"I know that sleeping flat on your back in a crib or bassinet is the safest way to do it, and you can get good sleep that way,” said Dr. Boucher.

Greisen says although her daughter sleeps much better in the Rock 'N Play, it's not worth it.

"The nights have been a little rough since we've started using the crib, but I’d rather her be safe,” said Greisen.

Fischer Price has now changed the recommended age from five months to three months.

The company says warnings are also sewn onto the device, including a "suffocation hazard" and an advisory to stop using the product once an infant can roll over.

Dr. Boucher says your baby can nap in the Rock 'N Play but they need to be buckled in, have no blankets.

And parents should be awake and watching them.