Is it safe to use bumpers on my baby's crib?

Is it safe to use bumpers on my baby's crib?

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No. The American Academy of Pediatrics and SIDS prevention groups caution against using crib bumpers. (This includes the "breathable mesh crib liners" that are now on the market.)

It's true that many crib bedding sets are still sold with bumpers. And you may be tempted to use some kind of bumper or liner to keep your baby's limbs from slipping between the crib slats or your baby's head from banging against the sides.

But there's no evidence that these products prevent injuries. And reports show that they can lead to suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. Some bumpers also reduce the flow of fresh air in your baby's crib, which is considered a contributing factor in SIDS.

If your baby is mobile and you're concerned about her getting her limbs stuck between the slats of the crib, consider zipping her into a sleep sack

The safety standards for cribs now require that the slats be close enough together (2 3/8 inches or less) so that a baby's head could not get wedged between them. That's all the more reason to make sure the crib you're using for your baby meets safety requirements. Read our article on how to buy a crib.

Watch the video: How safe are those bumper pads in your babys crib (July 2022).


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