Chicago bans crib bumpers

Many experts say bumpers can suffocate babies if their heads get near the padded crib guards and they can’t move away, or if baby gets wedged between a bumper and the mattress. But as long as retailers offer bumpers – often sold in cute, coordinating nursery sets – some parents will keep on buying them, despite the risks.

Not in Chicago, which became the first municipality in the nation to ban the sale of bumpers with a unanimous vote.

“There have been numerous cases of babies found not breathing, with their face up against the bumper,” said Cowles, the executive director of Chicago-based Kids in Danger, a nonprofit child-safety group. “There may have been other products in the crib, and they may have been diagnosed as a SIDS death, but the fact is, their face was up against a bumper.”

Via moms today

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