Governments consider ban on crib bumper pads to prevent sleep-related deaths

Sep 27, 2011  •   Written by Erin Addington   •  2 comments

National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Alone, on the Back, in a Crib. The ABC’s of safe sleep don’t include bumper pads though. And now some local and state governments are trying to make a ban on bumper pads the law.

This week, Maryland health officials proposed to ban the sale of crib bumpers because they have been linked to the asphyxiation of at least two dozen infants across the country. They are the first state to propose such a ban.

It’s not a new idea though. Earlier this month, the city of Chicago banned the sale of bumper pads within the city.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of post-neonatal mortality around the country and in Northeast Florida. According to the Coalition’s Fetal & Infant Mortality Review, 56 percent of safe sleep deaths in the region from 2005-2009 included unsafe items in bed (the presence of pillows, stuffed animals, bumper pads, comforters, etc.).

Here is what a safe sleeping surface looks like:

  1. Sandra Williams Jun 12, 2015 7:53 pm

    My granddaughter is now sleeping in her crib without bumper pads, now we find her with her arm or leg caught outside of the railings, what is to prevent her from breaking her arm or leg because there is nothing to prevent them from going through???

  2. Erin Addington Jun 15, 2015 7:58 am

    Hi Sandra, while babies may get a limb stuck, it is only in very rare cases that they would break their arm or leg (due to lack of muscle strength). Also, any injuries that result from getting a limb stuck are minor compared to the dozens of deaths attributed to bumper pads.

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