Are Crib Bumpers Safe?

By angela at 2020-09-11 • 0 collector • 148 pageviews


The answer is a big, resounding no. “The American Academy of Pediatrics currently doesn't recommend crib bumpers because of the concern of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” explains Blair Hammond, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The concern is that an infant could suffocate if his nose and mouth get trapped under or against the pad. “Some crib bumpers are marketed as being safe, but for something to be promoted, there should be studies showing that they are safe, and currently there’s not enough data there to prove that crib bumpers are safe.”

In fact, statistics show crib bumpers can pose serious—sometimes fatal—risks for infants. Data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that between 1990 and 2016, 282 babies were injured and 107 babies died in incidents in which a crib bumper was used in the crib.

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