Parents of babies who don’t sleep will do just about anything to get their little ones to Snoozeville, but, even in your sleep-deprived, half-zombie state, please be wary of products that promise quick fixes. Case in point: Johnson & Johnson’s Bedtime products, which the company promised would lead to a faster, less fussy transition to sleep. These sleepy-time products are now the focus of a $5 million dollar class action lawsuit. Johnson & Johnson promoted their products as “clinically proven” to help babies sleep faster, which in turn led to driving up their cost. When parents and caregivers filed suit that their children’s transition to sleep did not improve after using the recommended routine and the bedtime products, which include the always-dubious ingredient “Parfum” aka fragrance as well as a variety of parabens, Johnson & Johnson basically admitted that there were no studies clinically proving the bedtime products’ benefits. The company says it “denies any allegations but is settling the lawsuit to avoid the cost and burden of ongoing litigation.” Perhaps the powers that be are thinking of the $72 million dollars the company had to pay to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson products religiously for 35 years . You may be entitled to a refund of $3 per product (no proof of purchase necessary) for up to 10 products if you purchased any of these Johnson & Johnson products between July 1, 2010 and August 31, 2016:

  • JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Lotion
  • JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® Baby Moisture Wash
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby BEDTIME® Washcloths
  • JOHNSON’S®  BEDTIME® Baby Bubble Bath & Wash

File your claim here before December 19th, 2016. As part of the class action settlement, Johnson & Johnson is allowed to leave up their advertising and marketing claims. Let’s think about how little sense this makes for a moment. Despite basically admitting that there isn’t data that supports the claims, the company is permitted to continue advertising as such, especially to sleep-deprived parents who are searching at three in the morning for something (anything!) that will help their babies go to sleep and stay asleep. While we wish parents of non-sleepers all the luck in the world, here are a few possible things to try to make the transition to Sleepy Town easier.

+ Class action settlement information

via Red Tricycle