The Truth About The Safety Of Crib Bumpers

baby nursery with crib that has bumpers

Crib bumpers can be super-cute—but are they safe? Here’s the deal.

As a new mom, your Spidey sense is in overdrive, watchful for anything that could possibly harm your little one. And for a protective parent, those hard wooden crib slats can seem especially suspect. What if baby hits her head? You might be tempted to turn to crib bumpers as a solution—but are crib bumpers safe? Hear what experts say about crib bumper safety and what alternatives you may want to use instead.

In this article:
What is a crib bumper?
Are crib bumpers safe?
Crib bumper alternatives

What Is a Crib Bumper?

A crib bumper, or a crib liner, is designed to surround the interior sides of baby’s crib to prevent her from slipping her limbs through the slats or banging her head accidentally. But while they’re meant to protect baby, studies show they can actually have the opposite effect.

Are Crib Bumpers Safe?

The answer is a big, resounding no. “The American Academy of Pediatrics currently doesn’t recommend crib bumpers because of the concern of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” explains Blair Hammond, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The concern is that an infant could suffocate if his nose and mouth get trapped under or against the pad. “Some crib bumpers are marketed as being safe, but for something to be promoted, there should be studies showing that they are safe, and currently there’s not enough data there to prove that crib bumpers are safe.”

In fact, statistics show crib bumpers can pose serious—sometimes fatal—risks for infants. Data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that between 1990 and 2016, 282 babies were injured and 107 babies died in incidents in which a crib bumper was used in the crib.

Feel as if you need bumpers to protect baby’s head from getting bumped or caught in the crib slats?…

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