I’ve been doing a series of TV segments the past several days on helicopter parenting but the subject always turns around to crib bumpers. Yesterday the Maryland Department of Health held a press conference proposing the ban of crib bumpers due to the risk of strangulation, asphyxiation and even death.”
While Maryland is the first state to propose such a ban, I’m sure many others will follow suit. Of course the juvenile bedding companies will not be pleased with this.
As a mother who lost her child to SIDS and a child safety advocate here’s my thought – crib bumpers do nothing to enhance the well-being of a baby and definitely could pose a risk so why use them? The argument is that a baby could get her arm or leg stuck in the slat. Even if this is the case – this isn’t going to kill them!
Nothing should be in a crib except a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet. Get rid of blankets, pillows, stuffed animals and crib bumpers!