GRAND FORKS — New mom Jessica Gonitzke said there's been a lot to learn for her and her husband since the birth of their first child, Jack, three months ago.
"There is no parenting handbook, so you learn as you go," Jessica Gonitzke said.
Like any parent, their No. 1 goal is keeping their child safe. There was immediate concern when the news broke of a massive recall of something they had in their home.
Jessica Gonitzke uses a Boppy for positioning Jack during breastfeeding. While his model of Boppy is safe for infants, The Boppy Company LLC. is recalling more than 3 million of its Boppy loungers.
"I'm a nurse, and I see a lot parents who come to the hospital with them, in homes, pictures on Facebook with their babies," said Safe Kids Grand Forks coordinator Carma Hanson.
Eight infants across the country have died from suffocation after falling asleep on them.
"The way it is designed probably leads parents to think if you call it a lounger, and it looks like a nice comfortable sleep surface, that they might be inclined to have the baby fall asleep there, so it's a little bit of a mixed message," Hanson said.
The Boppy loungers were sold between 2004 and were still on store shelves up to a few days ago. They could be found at popular retailers like Walmart, Target and online through Amazon. The company pointed out they were not marketed for infants to sleep on, but wants them all destroyed right away.
"Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market,” the company said in a statement.
For Jessica Gonitzke and her baby Jack, it's another learning step along the road of being a new parent.
"A lot of times we think those things are safe and you can buy them because they've been approved, but things can happen," Gonitzke said.
Hanson said this is a good example of why it is important to fill out those new product registration forms. All owners who have should receive a recall notice.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, only about 10% of registration forms are filled out.
The Boppy Company LLC. is offering full refunds for anyone who purchased one of the recalled products. For more information on how to get a refund, visit The Boppy website.