Chicago becomes 1st city to ban crib bumper pads
September 08, 2011|By Ellen Gabler and Hal Dardick | Tribune reporter
Chicago today became the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads because the popular products pose a suffocation risk to babies.
The City Council approved the ordinance without debate. It was introduced in response to Tribune investigations that found federal regulators for years have received reports of babies suffocating in cases that involved crib bumpers, yet have failed to warn parents or investigate all deaths.
Bumper pads, which wrap around the inside of a crib and tie to crib slats, are frequently displayed in stores as staples in a baby’s nursery. But babies can lack the motor skills and strength to turn their heads if they roll against something that blocks their breathing.
Good move? Overkill? What do you think of the crib bumper ban?
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Let parents be parents. Maybe they should just ask that suppliers put a sticker on the packaging. I'm tired of the government constantly passing or trying to pass laws to protect children. If the parents aren't doing the research for crib bumpers, than the child probaby has a whole slew of things that the parents are doing to worry about. Banning the bumpers won't save anyone.
I think this is a great idea. I find that this is one of those things that otherwise great parents are often uninformed about. Alot of people also have the mindset that if there is no package warning or ban by the govt then it must be safe.
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
There are great alternatives to the thick foam bumpers. They have mesh bumpers that are breathable, so if your baby does get wedged into it they can still breathe.
Instead of banning them why can't they just replace the thick bumpers with the mesh ones?
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I think it's ridiculous.
Seriously. It's banned in one city. So I can go to the next city and get a bumper if I want one. I have used bumpers for all my children and I find them to be wonderful, especially from little arms and legs poking through and getting stuck. This ban does nothing to alert the public about potential hazards and ways to work around them or alternatives. That's what should be happening instead.
As for car seats, growing up we didn't need cars seats, nor did we use seat belts...gasp! How ever am I still alive!!! And my parents used crib bumpers, too!!!
The government ban does nothing except move them one step closer into my life and telling me what, when and where, which I don't approve of.
Bring up feeding a child is off base as that's a neglect/abuse issue and a completely different issue. My CHOICE to use a bumper is not neglect/abuse in any way.
Also ~ I used to be all "its up to the parents back off government".....then I realized how totally elitist that was.
What I really was saying was "because I have the luxury of being educated and having resources and having the ability to read and understand ever changing research on infant/child safety other parents should too, and if they DON'T have those luxuries, their kids should be put at risk of death". Sooooo, I've changed my tune on this one, when I realized how privileged and calloused my thought process was. Their children don't deserve to die just because Mom and Dad both work all day, or don't have internet, are illiterate, etc.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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