The answer is no. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that while crib bumper pads may seem as though they can help protect babies from bumping their heads, they can in fact pose a serious safety risk and should not be used in the crib. The danger? An infant could suffocate if his or her nose and mouth get trapped under or against the pad.
After reviewing data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), researchers found that 48 babies died between 1985 and 2012 due to bumper-related incidents, and 146 other infants were injured from bumpers, including choking on the bumper ties or nearly suffocating. The CPSC is in the process of setting new recommendations on how crib bumpers should be regulated, but in the meantime the agency advises parents that “Bare is Best”—meaning the safest way for baby is sleep is in a crib with nothing but a tightly fitted sheet.
Updated August 2016
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