State Bans Baby Crib Bumpers -- It's About Time

bumpersToday, the first state-wide ban on baby crib bumpers has taken effect. Maryland has forbid the usage of bumpers, saying that they offer no meaningful benefit and pose potentially serious risks to infants, including suffocation. The ban doesn't include vertical bumpers that wrap tightly around each crib rail or mesh crib liners, but still -- health officials don't endorse those types either. Anyone who ships or sells a crib bumper to a resident of Maryland will be issued a warning, and are subject to a fine of up to $500.

Yes, crib bumpers are cute. But we've been advised against them for quite some time now. Why are we still selling and buying them?

I understand the desire for a crib bumper, really I do. When my daughter started rolling over and moving around like a little worm in her crib, I totally got it. Her legs would wind up slipping through the bars and it freaked me the hell out. I understood the purpose of bumpers beyond their aesthetics. But why take that risk? The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health have all advised against their use over and over again. Bumpers have been linked to suffocation, strangulation, and entrapment since infants don't necessarily lack the motor skills or strength to lift or turn their heads if they were to roll into something that obstructed their breathing.

I'm incredibly happy that Maryland decided to go ahead and ban crib bumpers. This is to no one's benefit but our own. Hopefully, other states will follow suit, and we can collectively reduce the odds of something happening to our babies. Please, pass this on. Bumpers really are not safe.

Do you use bumpers?


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Setsuki Setsuki

I NEED to have my bumpers. MY 16 month old likes to stick her feet through and then gets it stuck and freaks out. I have had many nights recently where she will wake up at 1am sceaming bloody murder because her leg is stuck and can't get it back.

Renee Hollst Henrichs

I'd take my daughter screaming bloody murder because her leg is stuck over something more tragic ANY day....  This ban and the AAP's continual recommendation against bumpers are for a reason.

abra819 abra819

Oh Renee, sigh...there's always a snooty b***c bashing another mom.

nonmember avatar Lolo lolo

What was snooty about that comment? And nice language, really classy. Anyways. It never ceases to amaze me how some people without medical degrees think they are smarter than the experts. What could be more clear than an AAP recommendation?

nonmember avatar Ben

I'm a father who does get up with his child every night. My son has got his leg (or both legs) caught between the rails and he screamed bloody murder from it. I got up, greed him and my wife and I got him back to sleep. No bruises, no cuts, no dead babies. Because that is what this is about. Bumper pads kill babies and reduce waking up in the middle of the night. Those are the facts. When parents know the facts and still decide to use the bumper pads they are being selfish and risking their child's life. And I'm not afraid to bash anyone when they risk their child's life without needing to.

dearg76 dearg76

I loved my mesh bumper - i thought it was a great in-between of not having one (which yea Not happening) and having the cotton filled fabric ones.

Rache... RachelsMercy

Another product banned because of idiot parents. You do know that if you properly install them and properly monitor your baby they aren't dangerous? The AAP had to state that because so many nimrods don't take proper care of their kids. I used them with all 3 of my kids with NO PROBLEMS, because I bothered to use them right.

sassy... sassykat122

RACHELS... Good point. I see this as the same as drop sides or walkers. More times than not i would guess its more about parents not installing things properly or properly supervising. I still willingly use a drop side and my kid didnt die. Go figure

Kaela Wheeler

I really don't think it's the same thing as drop sides/walkers/bumbos/etc. Installed properly they can still cause infant death by suffocation and they increase the risk of SIDS (not known why). It's assinine to think because it didn't affect your very small sample size of three kids, that they're perfectly safe. I used a mesh bumber with my first, but this time I'll probably wait to put it in the crib until around 12-18 months, when the legs/arms through the slats thing starts to become an issue and they're bigger and stronger and less likely to roll into the side of the crib and get stuck there anyway.

nonmember avatar me me

Bumpers are sold in all the bedding sets. I never used a bumper. Heard too many horrible stories.

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