A while ago I wrote a post about why I chose to use Wonder Bumpers in our crib. We started with my middle son, and continued to use them with our daughter. Why?
Because after my oldest son, and using traditional wrap-around crib bumpers with him, I learned how deadly they are. Apparently now the American Academy of Pediatrics is jumping on board as well.
Yesterday CNN reported that the AAP is telling parents to get traditional crib bumpers the hell out of their cribs because basically… they are deadly.
This recommendation, issued as part of an updated and expanded set of guidelines on safe sleep and SIDS prevention for babies, is the first time the AAP has officially come out against the use of crib bumpers. According to the AAP, there is no evidence that crib bumpers protect against injury, but they do carry a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment because infants lack the motor skills or strength to turn their heads should they roll into something that obstructs their breathing.
And all I could say? FINALLY! It took them long enough to finally come out and say it! I, like many other bloggers out there, have been saying time and time again that these pretty pieces of crib bedding should not be used because they are a huge SIDS risk to babies… and now finally the AAP has gotten on board.
For a while, I swore they were intimated by the large manufacturers of these products because of course we know baby gear and nursery decor is a huge business here in the US.
CNN continued with more shocking statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics when they said:
What’s behind the change in thinking to remove bumpers altogether? Recent studies have shown that bumper pads may be far more hazardous than previously thought. “In 2005, when we last published a policy statement and recommendations, we had some concerns about bumper pads, but we didn’t really have a lot of evidence that this was a real problem,” said Rachel Moon, M.D., FAAP, of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C, chairperson of the AAP SIDS task force and lead author of the new guidelines. “Since then, there have been some published studies looking at bumper pads, and we concluded that if there’s no reason for them to be in the crib, it’s better to just have them out of there, particularly in light of the deaths that have been reported, that have been associated with the bumper pads.”
There you have it, parents! Get those pretty decorative crib bumpers the hell out of your cribs and help save your kids life! They are dangerous, and the AAP agrees!