Why Some Cities Banned Dangerous Crib Bumpers

By angela at 2020-09-04 • 0 collector • 145 pageviews

Bumpsters - stone - lifestyle shot 2 - low res.jpgNew York State has officially banned crib bumper pads On Tuesday, August 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a package of bills to keep kids safe, including the Crib Bumper Bill, which makes it illegal for stores to sell crib bumpers anywhere in the state of New York. The state also passed Harper’s Law, which requires certain furniture to be tied down to prevent injury in children.

 

Though NYS is just now recognizing the danger of crib bumpers, parents have been concerned about them for years. These bumper pads, which are used to cushion the interior or babies’ cribs, pose a suffocating risk if children fall asleep with their mouths or noses against them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has strongly advised parents against using them long before NYS’s ban. “Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the baby’s sleep area,” the AAP’s website reads. “These include pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, blankets, toys, crib bumper pads or similar products that attach to crib slats or sides.”


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