Both Aiden‘s and Preston‘s families have shared their stories with KID and we have been warning for years against crib bumper pads. But bumpers continue to be marketed to new parents, show up in many retailer ‘staging’ of cribs, and even CPSC has previously dismissed the hazards.
But now, the Chicago Tribune has written another impactful story on a juvenile product safety concern — crib bumper pads. The article cites the stories of these two families whose children suffocated on bumper pads this year. It also cites additional data at CPSC of dozens of other deaths in which bumpers were involved.
We urge parents and caregivers to read the article, throw out your bumpers if you are currently using them, and pass this safety message unto any new parents you know. CPSC has agreed to re-examine the safety of bumpers. As safe sleep groups have been saying for years, a safe crib is a bare crib — a tightfitting sheet only and a baby on its back.
Our hearts go out to Preston‘s and Aiden‘s families and we thank them again for sharing their stories — it will save lives.