Crib bumpers: no longer recommended by AAP

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Some of my favorite crib bedding from Serena & Lily- what will become of all the crib bumpers- new and used?

Not surprisingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced yesterday at their national meeting in Boston, that bumper pads should not be used in cribs. Rumors have been circulating that this announcement was imminent.  Why now?

Previously, the AAP had warned only against the use of “puffy bumpers”, buy now they suggest not using all kinds of bumper pads. Why? They have found that the pads don’t prevent injuries as previously thought, but can cause suffocation, strangulation and entrapment.

In addition, the AAP updated their list of recommendations to prevent SIDS.

  • Put your baby to sleep in its back on a firm surface
  • Don’t put your baby to sleep in the same bed as parents.
  • Breastfeeding and pacifier use can reduce the risk of SIDs.  A pacifier may prevent a baby sleeping too deeply and therefore possibly prevent SIDS.
  • Don’t use wedges or positioners (the FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned against sleep positioners, saying that there is a risk of suffocation)
  • No loose bedding- pillows, blankets and bumper pads.
  • Pregnant women should not smoke.
  • Encourage daily tummy time.
  • Don’t cover your baby’s head and avoid overheating

I wonder what this will do to all that lovely crib bedding out there, whether new or used? Will it no longer be manufactured? Can we repurpose the old into something else…room padding? pipe padding?!

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  1. My baby loves to touch her bumper (it has patches with different textures) and look at the animals on it. What about getting an arm or leg stuck in between the bars of the crib? Or falling after standing and not knowing how to sit back down? I wish that there was more information. I always have the feeling with these recommendations and warnings that there was just one baby out of a million that had a tragic accident. I would not surprised if cribs one day soon come with a warning to not leave baby alone in it without adult supervision. I’m not removing my bumper.

  2. Agreed! It’s part of Parenting Inc- as that book states. We live in a culture of fear in parenting and then products are created to alleviate that fear- and then some of those products we actually need to be fearful of!

  3. It is so hard to be a parent! The rules of the game are always changing.
    I had the bumper on and then took it off after baby was a couple of weeks old and once they were able to roll over independently, I put it back on.
    I did strictly adhere to all of Other SIDS guidelines.
    I think less is more anyway. Less to clean, less to buy, less to find a home for after baby doesn’t need it anymore !!
    Thanks for posting.

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