Last week, Chicago made big baby safety news by becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of crib bumpers. Crib bumpers were originally introduced to keep babies from getting their heads or other limbs stuck in the crib slats before federal regulations required slats to be closer together. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA) and, as recommended by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP),
If bumper pads are used, remove them when the baby begins to stand so that they can’t be used as a step. Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, soft or pillow-like bumpers, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib.
In general, if you plan to use crib bumpers, it is recommended that you use flat bumpers that attach securely around the inside of the crib, rather than thick, pillow-like bumpers.
What do you think? Do you use or plan to use crib bumpers? Do you think they should be banned altogether or should parents be able to choose? What does your pediatrician recommend?