Pediatricians: Crib Bumpers Of Any Sort Pose A Risk To Your Baby

In its latest effort to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that parents just completely skip the whole idea of putting any sort of crib bumper — regardless of thickness — in their kids’ cribs.

In 2005, believing that pillow-like crib bumpers were a suffocation risk, the AAP initially recommended that if you were going to put a bumper in the crib, it should be “thin, firm, well secured.” But the group says that studies in the years since have shown that those bumpers are still putting children at risk.

“We concluded that if there’s no reason for them to be in the crib, it’s better to just have them out of there, particularly in light of the deaths that have been reported, that have been associated with the bumper pads,” said Rachel Moon, MD, chairperson of the AAP SIDS task force and lead author of the new guidelines.

No more crib bumpers, says American Academy of Pediatrics [MSNBC]