A new study from The Journal of Pediatrics has revealed a jump in infant deaths due to crib bumpers – those pads that are wrapped inside a crib. They’re marketed as keeping baby safe from hitting the crib slats, or getting an arm or leg caught between them. The reality? Researchers attributed 77 infant deaths to them from 2008-2011 — and think the actual number is much higher.
Both the thick/plush and thin (touted as being “safer”) bumpers were associated with infant death and injuries – proving that there is no such thing as a “safe” bumper.
I remember when I was shopping for my own baby – the bumper and sheet sets were so cute – polka dots and stripes! Plus I got a hard sell from the bedding salespeople about the importance of bumpers for my baby’s safety, how the thin ones were so safe, and why they were necessary for the perfect nursery. I’ll admit it was tempting! But, I knew the dangers and didn’t get them – yet often see them in cribs of my friend’s infants.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, and the NIH all recommend against using bumpers in the crib. Crib bedding manufacturers recommend using them. Who are you going to believe for your child’s safety?
Study: NJ Scheers, Dean W. Woodard, Bradley T. Thach. Crib Bumpers Continue to Cause Infant Deaths: A Need for a New Preventive Approach. The Journal of Pediatrics, 2015; DOI:10.1016/j.jpeds.2015.10.050