Bumper pads, the plush liners that are intended to prevent infants from bumping their heads on their wooden cribs, will be banned in the state of Maryland starting Friday. The state cited safety concerns, including a suffocation risk, and lack of measurable benefits in making its rule. The Associated Press has more:
Maryland's health department notes that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use.
The department will issue a warning to someone who ships or sells crib bumper pads to a purchaser in Maryland. Further violations can bring a fine of up to $500 for each crib bumper shipped or sold.
The ban doesn't apply to vertical bumpers that wrap tightly around each crib rail or mesh crib liners, but the health department doesn't endorse them.
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