Update: Bednest ‘saddened’ by Haywards Heath crib death

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A company which manufactures a crib in which a seven-week-old baby died said it is fully cooperating with the coroner’s investigation.

Grace Roseman, from Haywards Heath managed to manoeuvre herself over the edge of her Bednest crib on April 9, but got her head stuck.

She was rushed to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath but died of asphyxiation.

A West Sussex Coroner has called for the product to be removed from sale.

A spokesperson for Bednest said: “We are greatly saddened and extend our heartfelt condolences to Grace’s parents and family.

“We are doubly upset to hear this news since the concept behind Bednest’s design is first and foremost about baby health and safety and came originally from highly experienced neo-natal nurses.

“The coroner has highlighted that all safety guidelines for the correct use of the crib are laid out in the instruction manual, but due to a growing second-hand market for our Bednest cribs, these instruction manuals may not be passed on. This is sadly, what happened with Grace’s crib according to the Coroner’s statement.”

Bednest said it is now considering displaying these basic instructions on the side of the crib itself and not just in the instruction manual.

A spokesman added: “We are also fully cooperating with the coroner’s investigation, as well as independently looking at other ways of ensuring the safety of our cribs especially for the second hand market. We are confident of the design and safety of the Bednest, which has passed the latest rigorous UK and USA safety standards and which has been used by thousands of parents over the last four years.”

A spokesperson for the NCT, which endorsed the product, said: “We are aware of the concerns of parents. At the moment there is no evidence of a fault with the product.

“We are continuing our enquiries into the Bednest Crib. We urge parents to familiarise themselves with the product instructions and only use the product in accordance with these instructions.

“NCT has suspended all sales and despatches of the Bednest Crib until the completion of the inquiry and we have also begun our own detailed and thorough review of the product.”

Susie Parsons, Interim Chief Executive of NCT said: “This is a tragedy and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Roseman family at this time.”

Coroner calls for cot to be withdrawn after seven-week-old Haywards Heath baby asphyxiated