As I’ve said before, they’re one of my favorite pieces of crib bedding. But more and more, I’m learning to resist the urge to buy a crib bumper—or at least to time its use much differently than I planned. SIDS is a big fear of mine, and something I don’t want to mess around with (and neither does Nichole).
Now, according to CNN, a doctor’s group is advising parents to stop using crib bumpers, altogether. New guidelines addressing SIDS from the American Academy of Pediatrics outline that bumpers do little to prevent infant injury, and instead provide increased risks of suffocation and entrapment. In its story, CNN quotes Dr. Rachel Moon of the Children’s National Medical Center as saying, “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 bumper pads.”
So why do I still want one? Simply because they’re cute, and they look nice and cozy for baby. But we’d all be wise to give heed to the AAP’s warning. As Dr. Moon suggests, if we stop buying bumpers, designers will focus on others ways to make baby bedding appealing without the risk—which definitely isn’t worth taking.
Read the full story from CNN Parenting here.