Ban on Baby's Nursery Favorite Should Be Headed to Your City

crib bumperI was cleaning out my attic a few weeks ago when I found it. The bumper from my daughter's crib. In my defense, it came with the bedding set purchased by a dear friend at Target. Today she wouldn't be able to buy the same set in the city of Chicago. Crib bumpers have officially become illegal in the Windy City, and I'm all for this big brother move to go national.

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Seriously folks, crib bumpers are dangerous. What more do you need to know?

Let's see. The American Academy of Pediatrics says they're a no no and has stuck to their guns since a September 2007 study published in the Journal of Pediatrics said crib and bassinet bumpers are unsafe because they can suffocate or strangle an infant. The same goes for First Candle, the national non-profit that promotes healthy infants, but specifically works to end deaths from SIDS.

Oh, but they're so cute, aren't they? And we wouldn't want little snookums to hit their widdle head on those hard slats of the crib, now would we?

News flash, guys, most babies don't hit their heads on the slats. They move around, sure, but not with the sort of violence that would mean a full head slam. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data shows it's extremely rare for the contact between an infant and the sides of the crib to cause long-term injury.

So why are people even using these things? Because they're sold in kits. And if it's available on shelves, people assume it's safe. After all, when a product is recalled, the first thing stores are supposed to do is swipe it from the shelves. That's why the Chicago ban is so important. If they can stop stores from selling an unsafe product, it will stop unwitting parents (or baby shower invitees) from buying the darn things ... and making parents think they are safe.

Chicago may be the first, but there are plans to bring this sort of baby-saving measure to other areas. Would you welcome a ban on bumpers? Did you use them with your kid?

 

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