The Safety Mom’s view on crib bumpers – What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

OK, I’m showing my age, using a lyric from the song ’70’s song What Is It Good For, but it’s completely appropriate for the issue of crib bumpers that has come up again.

A story in USA Today features a family who lost their 7 week-old baby last year. The baby suffocated and was found in his crib wedged between the crib bumper and a mattress. The use of crib bumpers has been hotly contested for some time and is not considered a safe sleep practice A new study commissioned by the children’s product industry refutes research linking dozens of infants’ deaths to the use of crib bumpers and says there is “no evidence” to suggest these cushions attached to crib slats are unsafe. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) seems to concur since they refuse to issue a warning against the use of bumpers. Many safety organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and First Candle have long warned about the dangers of crib bumpers. Canadian health officials have also warned against the use of bumpers and the dangers associated with using them. As a national safety expert and mom of a child who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, I couldn’t agree more.

Here’s the fact – there is absolutely no need for crib bumpers! Why is there even a debate? Oh sure, I have some parents write to me that worry about their child getting their arms or legs caught in between the slats. This isn’t going to happen to an infant, it’s impossible for them to pull themselves up or even roll over until much 5 or six months and by then the bumpers would be out of the crib anyway.

So, I’ll say it one more time. If there’s even a possibility that something is dangerous and it serves no purpose, why use it?!?! GET RID OF CRIB BUMPERS!


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One response to “The Safety Mom’s view on crib bumpers – What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

  1. I couldn’t agree more. However, I have some more points to add. My son was indeed an infant when he manage to get his leg (above his knee) stuck between the crib rails. He somehow twisted so that the angle of his knee made it impossible to pull his leg out without assistance. I was able to free his leg, and no harm was done… but I’ll never forget the sound of his screeching cries! And that happened with a crib bumper installed! His foot and leg went through the rails above the bumper, and then squished the bumper down. The bumper was indeed useless!

    What that experience triggered was an intense revulsion for all traditional cribs. I moved my son into a boring Pack n’Play, which served as his bed from that day forward. Sure, it wasn’t pretty… and was slightly less comfortable for me to reach down to retrieve him… but it felt a LOT safer! We’re currently expecting baby #2, and have no plans to bring a crib into our home. Much less a useless crib bumper!

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