Crib Bumper Pad Sales Banned In Chicago

Health care professionals have long advised against having your baby sleep in a crib affixed with baby bumpers, but now,...
Health care professionals have long advised against having your baby sleep in a crib affixed with baby bumpers, but now, an ordinance in Chicago is going one step further and banning all sales of crib bumper pads in Chicago. Ald. James Balcer (11th) and Ald. George Cardenas (12th) sponsored the ordinance, which also passed a City Council panel this week. According to NBC Chicago, Balcer notes, "If we can help save a baby's life, it's so important... If you listen to the testimony, there are folks who have lost their newborn children... We as a city council have to take that responsibility, and if it's endangering the lives of constituents, you have to do something." I think it's a great idea. Beyond being unsafe, crib bumpers are an additional unnecessary cost. While parents may appreciate the aesthetics of crib bumpers, they're simply not safe, and in recent years, many young infants have suffocated when left in a crib with bumpers. There are safer ways to make a crib more attractive and safe without the bumpers. In the past, bumpers were meant to add a pop of decor to a crib and make it harder for a baby to one: knock his head on the rails; and two: get his head stuck between the rails. However, with new crib safety standards in place, crib rails are regulated and safer than ever. Meaning, no bumpers are required. Secondly, most babies don't actually knock their little heads into the rails. Your child is more likely to suffocate due to bumpers than suffer a head bash from a crib rail. As for attractiveness, well, it's overrated, especially because safety should come first. Also, there are many attractive cribs out there that look great sans bumpers.

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