Crib bumpers: Cute, but dangerous

[Image: babybedding.com]

[Image: babybedding.com]

[Image: babybedding.com]

The American Academy of Pediatrics delivered a major blow Tuesday to nursery rooms as we know it: crib bumpers should be banned.

Until now, only a select group of cities and Maryland have discussed any sort of limitation — let alone ban on crib bumpers.  Now, this leading group of pediatricians is saying parents should avoid them altogether because they pose a risk of strangulation and suffocation.

If you’re anything like me, then you may be thinking this is unnecessary.  But there are real families out there who have lost their babies because of the crib bumpers.  I used a story in my newscast tonight about a young couple whose 7-month-old baby was discovered unresponsive between a bumper and his mattress.  The little guy was one of many victims each year to die as a result of something I only bought because I thought it was cute.

[Image: babybedding.com]

[Image: babybedding.com]

Some groups have argued, as USA Today reports, that bumpers are not to blame for the deaths and instead prevent injuries by blocking the child from the slats in cribs.

Either way, this is another important warning for parents to add to their already long list of alerts and advice.  First it was the cribs themselves, and now this.  And until there’s an actual law against the use of bumpers, it’s probably best to heed the warnings.  Your baby’s nursery will still be cute – thanks to your little one who’s using it.

Read the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s safety alert here.

 

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