CCPC safety guidance: baby nests and baby sleep bags

April 11, 2022

The CCPC has today issued guidance to consumers warning of the potential dangers of both baby nest and baby sleep bag products. This guidance follows a combined total of over 4,500 dangerous baby nests and baby sleep bags being recalled in Ireland between 2021-2022.

Before buying or using a baby nest or baby sleep bag product, be sure to follow our child safety guidance for more information on the potential safety risks associated with these products, as well as practical tips for use.

Baby sleep bags: pose suffocation risks

A image shows a pink animal-patterned baby sleep bag a, lying flat on a surface.

A baby sleep bag is a wearable blanket, designed to keep a baby at a comfortable and safe temperature, without the need for any additional bedding. It is secured at the shoulders, ensuring a baby’s head remains uncovered. There are a number of potentially serious safety risks associated with some baby sleep bag products, which you need to be aware of, including:

  • Suffocation: where the neck opening is too large, making it easy for a baby’s head to pass through and slip inside the sleep bag.
  • Strangulation: due to strings, cords, ties and ribbons.
  • Choking: due to small parts (e.g. buttons) becoming detached.

Before buying or using a baby sleep bag, follow the CCPC’s guidance on baby sleep bags which offers full details of the associated safety risks, tips for usage, as well as information on what to do next if you suspect you have purchased an unsafe baby sleep bag.

Baby nests: not safe for unsupervised use

A blue baby nest with string ties at the top, lying flat on a surface.

A baby nest is a ‘cocoon-like’ mattress consisting of a soft base with padded sides that wrap around the outer rim. They may also be referred to as ‘baby pods’ or ‘sleeping pods’, and are intended for supervised use only. There are a number of potentially serious safety risks associated with some baby sleep bag products, including:

  • Suffocation: where there are horizontal gaps between the soft sides and base mattress, which could cause a baby’s head to get trapped. Baby nests are not safe for unsupervised use and should not be used as additional bedding in a baby’s cot, bassinette or left unattended on other soft surfaces.
  • Strangulation: due to drawstrings or ribbons on certain styles of baby nests.
  • Choking: as a result of the inner contents, stuffing or small detachable parts becoming accessible to a baby.

Be sure to follow the CCPC’s guidance on baby nests before buying a baby nest, for full details of associated safety risks, tips for usage, as well as information of what to do next if they suspect their baby nest is unsafe.

If you suspect an unsafe baby nest or baby sleep bag:

  • Visit our product recalls to check if the product has been recalled. Each recall notice will have further details and provide information on what to do next.  
  • Report any product safety concerns to us as soon as possible. 
  • Report any retailers selling baby nest products with drawstrings or ribbons to our helpline on 01 402 555 or email ask@ccpc.ie with full details. 
  • If you have safety concerns about a baby nest or sleep bag you’ve already purchased (and which has not been subject to a product recall) stop using the product immediately and get in contact with us as soon as possible.  

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