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Crib Bumpers Now Banned in Chicago

Friday, September 9th, 2011

ss_101128633The babies of Chicago just got a little bit safer. Yesterday, the Windy City became the first to ban the sale of crib bumper pads due to the suffocation hazards they are known to pose, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Though bumpers are commonly marketed as stylish nursery decor, recent history indicates they are, in fact, a serious threat and can easily block a baby’s ability to breath. In fact, according to the Tribune, the  National Center for Child Death Review has received 14 reports of infant suffocation due to the presence of a bumper pad in the past 3 years.

City Council members James Balcer, and  George Cardenas said they are eager to get the message out that these popular accessories simply aren’t safe. “If we were to wait for federal regulators, it probably would never get done,” Balcer said. “We have a responsibility here as government to address issues like this.”

Indeed, Federal regulators have resisted taking a firm stance on the safety of bumper pads, and are reportedly ”trying to determine if there is a scientific link between bumper pads and suffocations, or if factors such as blankets, pillows or medical issues played a primary role in babies’ deaths.”  In fact, as we reported in March, the Tribune identified 17 cases of infant deaths that the Consumer Product Safety Commission failed to investigate when they were fully-aware that crib bumper pads played roles in the fatalities.

At the end of the day, most experts seem to agree, there should only be two things in your baby’s crib: a firm, tight-fitting mattress and a crib sheet. “It’s tempting to make it look cute and cozy with lots of blankets, stuffed animals, and pillows, but they’re all suffocation hazards for kids under 1 year old,” says Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. The bottom line: the suffocation risk of bumper pads outweighs their benefits.

Share your thoughts on Chicago’s banning of crib bumpers. Are you hoping your city follows suit?

Read more about nursery safety, below, and be sure to keep up with the latest product recalls with our helpful Recall Finder on Parents.com.

Safe-Sleep Guide for Baby

The Safe Nursery

Repurpose Your Crib Bumpers

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Gov’t: Water Balls Pose Suffocation and Drowning Danger

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) cited water balls, the large walk-in see through balls usually found at fairs and malls, for suffocation and drowning dangers. The federal government sent out an official warning this morning. “The CPSC said the contraptions are dangerous because those inside have no way to let themselves out and the contraptions are air-tight and could create breathing difficulties,” according to Mitch Lipka at The Consumer Chornicle. “The safety agency said oxygen depletion from being inside one of the balls could happen within minutes.”

Kids with heart, lung, and breathing issues are at particular risk inside the ball, the CPSC said. Read more at the Consumer Chronicle.

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