Maryland is right in my opinion…bumper pads should be against the law!
This is cute….but not safe! Maryland has banned the sale of bumper pads in that state…I think all states should. What do you think?
I always get upset when I walk into a store that carries bedding for babies and see a darling crib decked out with bumper pads and a thick comforter. What a wrong and unsafe message this sends parents preparing for their new baby! The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control, and SIDS prevention groups all agree that bumper pads offer no benefit and cause serious risk of strangulation and suffocation for babies. The recommendations for safe sleep for infants include placing your baby on his back in a crib free of blankets, pillows, fluffy toys, and bumper pads. So why do these companies and stores still market this unsafe bedding to parents?? This sends confusing messages and often results in our babies sleeping in unsafe environments. Bumper pads offer no safety or health benefit, only potential risk.
The state of Maryland just may have it right in my opinion. As of yesterday, it is against the law to sell bumper pads in the state of Maryland. Maryland state health officials state “Because crib bumper pads offer no meaningful benefit and pose potentially serious risks to infants, including suffocation and death, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use…” Violations of this law may result in fines of up to $500.00 per bumper pad shipped or sold.
Unsafe consumer items are removed from store shelves all the time…the research has been around for 20 years now, back to sleep, no blankets and no bumper pads…I think it is time for bumper pads to be removed from all store shelves in all states! Our children depend on adults to make decisions to protect them, this is a simple one.
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.