Are Breathable Bumpers Better?

By angela at 2020-09-02 • 0 collector • 153 pageviews


In response to the danger of traditional crib bumpers, some manufacturers have created mesh crib bumpers. These are intended to avoid the danger of suffocation, even if the baby’s mouth gets pressed against the bumper. Because they’re made of a breathable mesh, they seem safer than a bumper that’s thick like a blanket.

But the AAP still recommends against any kind of bumper. Bumpers that were manufactured after awareness rose about their dangers are still dangerous, as evidenced by a 2016 study in The Journal of Pediatrics that showed that deaths related to crib bumpers are rising. Although the study couldn’t conclude whether this was related to increased reporting or increased deaths, the authors recommended that the CPSC ban all crib bumpers since the study showed they have no benefits.

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