LONDON, April 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Bednest, the company who makes the crib used by Grace Roseman, the baby who died on 9th April, would like to correct inaccuracies in the reporting of this tragic incident.
Bednest is also reassuring parents that they can have complete faith in the safety of the cot, when used in accordance with the instructions and official guidance on safe sleeping.
We are greatly saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to Grace's parents and family and will do everything we can to ensure the safety of all children using our equipment.
The Coroner has not at any time suggested a recall of the Bednest crib and has not said that when operated in accordance with its instructions, the crib is dangerous. She does raise serious questions about the safety of second hand baby equipment. This is not solely an issue for Bednest - but for every responsible company that is manufacturing children's products.
The inquest has not yet been held. The Coroner's statement into the case makes it clear that the investigation is still ongoing. Her preliminary report notes that baby Grace was placed on her tummy to sleep and the crib was tilted to a level beyond the maximum recommended by the manufacturer. Her report also states that the Bednest instructions say that "a baby should not be left unattended other than when both sides of the Bednest are up and secure", but according to the information provided by the coroner, baby Grace appears to have been left alone with the cot in this position for 90 minutes. Her notes on the circumstances of the death record that the side of the cot was 7cms high. When the cot is used correctly, the height of the side would be 11cms. The Coroner further notes "the family purchased a new replacement mattress". We have checked our records and cannot find evidence of a Bednest mattress being despatched to the Rosemans.
We share the Coroner's concerns about anyone who has been given a second hand cot without instructions. However Bednest would like to point out that this information is available on the website and all cribs have safety stickers and a user guide with safety instructions with them when they leave the factory. It appears in this case, these were removed and not available.
The concept behind Bednest's design is focused on baby health and safety and it was the brainchild of experienced neo-natal nurses, who created it because they care passionately about child safety and the importance of good sleep and maternal attachment.
Notes to Editors
- Bednest is a small British manufacturer based in the Midlands.
- The initial concept was the brainchild of two midwives and one of the country's leading designers of ergonomic furniture and standards - Chief Ergonomist at FIRA (the Independent Furniture Industries Research Association)
- More than 20,000 cribs have been sold and the product has passed the latest rigorous UK and USA safety standards.
- Since the news of the baby's tragic death, Bednest has been inundated with calls from supportive parents, worried that they may no longer be able to buy or rent the product
- Bednest received a five star rating from Mums on the NCT website