The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and five retailers are announcing a voluntary recall to provide refunds to consumers who own crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc.
Crib tents are mesh tents that fit over the tops of cribs to keep climbers in. They have poles that keep them erect and you attach the tent with Velcro to the crib rails. They zip open at the top to lift the child in and out.
Nikki Fleming of the CPSC says the recall is for five models from this specific brand. She says consumers should follow all manufacturer recommendations if using another brand.
The models under recall are (you can see photos of the tents here to help you identify them):
“CPSC is warning parents and caregivers who own these products that infants and toddlers are at risk of serious injury or death due to strangulation and entrapment hazards presented by these products. Tots in Mind recalled the play yard tents in July 2010 and offered a repair kit that is no longer available. The company is no longer in business and has stopped all sales. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these crib tents and play yard tents immediately. Do not attempt to repair these products.”
“CPSC is aware of 27 tent failures including one fatality and one serious injury that occurred between January 1997 and April 2012 from crib tents and play yard tents made by Tots in Mind, Inc. In 2008, a two year old boy died after becoming entrapped between the bottom rail of a play yard tent and the top rail of a play yard. The fatality was reported in a prior recall with the firm in July 15, 2010.”
“In 2007, a two year old boy sustained a catastrophic brain injury when the crib tent affixed to his crib tent inverted and the product’s broken rod trapped him at the neck. The remaining 25 reports to CPSC involved inverted crib tents—entrapments between the tent and the crib/play yard or failures of the tent fabric and zippers. Three of these 25 reports also resulted in injuries; in one such case, a parent reported finding her child turning blue and entrapped between the product and the top rail of the play yard.”
“Since Tots in Mind, Inc. is out of business, retailers who sold these products have stepped up to offer refunds or store credit to consumers. The crib tents and play yard tents can present an entrapment and strangulation hazard to infants and toddlers if the dome portion inverts inside the crib or play yard, or if the product becomes partially detached from the crib or play yard. The recalled products were sold at numerous retail stores including Bed Bath & Beyond/Buy Buy Baby, Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us/Babies R Us, Walmart and online on websites including Amazon.com, for between $60 and $85.”
“Consumers should contact the store listed below where the crib tent was purchased to receive either a refund or store credit, depending on the retailer. If consumer is unsure of where the crib tent was purchased, see return policy for individual retailers below on their website:
- Amazon.com [Amazon.com]
- Bed Bath & Beyond / Buy Buy Baby [bedbathandbeyond.com or buybuybaby.com or (800) GOBEYOND]
- Burlington Coat Factory [burlingtoncoatfactory.com or (888) 223-2628]
- Toys R Us/Babies R Us [toysrus.com or babiesrus.com or (800) 869-7787]
- Walmart [walmartstores.com or (800) 925-6278]
“The recall includes various models of about 330,000 crib or play yard tents. Consumers can identify their tent by the 2”x 1½” label with Tots In Mind logo located on the non-mesh portion near the top of the tent.”
I Google searched to see if there was another brand of crib tents but I didn’t really find any. The tents are still listed on websites but some say unavailable as of Thursday afternoon. The Tots in Mind website does say they are out of business.
I totally get that this is a major bummer for moms who are using crib tents to keep their agile climbers in at night but it sounds like you have to give them up unless you can find another brand. I used this brand crib tent for Walsh and Lilina so I feel your pain.
Walsh was climbing out before he was 1. That thud you heard during the night was him falling over the side of the crib – not good. The crib tent was the only way I felt good going to sleep knowing he wouldn’t be falling on his head during the night.
I have a good friend using the crib tent now and she is very upset about having to give it up. I wrote to her on Facebook that I often considered installing Dutch doors, where the top could be open but the bottom part would be locked and the child couldn’t get out of the room. The parent could see in and check on them and get them out in case of a fire, but they couldn’t roam out of their rooms at night. (Here’s one website that makes them custom for houses.)
Did you use the crib tent? Are you super bummed about it being recalled? What are some other options for mothers who have agile little ones climbing out of cribs? What do you do if you’re not ready to move them to a big-kid bed?