Research published in “Pediatrics” has linked crib bumper pads to at least 27 infant deaths between 1985 and 2005. So it seems that using the pillow like bedding accessory is a thing of the past. The pads can present a real danger to your child and it is said that a bare crib is much safer than using the bumper pads.
Kidsafe recommends that you DO NOT USE BUMPER PADS as they pose a real threat when it comes to suffocation, choking, and falling hazards.
It is recommended that you immediately get rid of bumper pads you may have in your childs crib – as it is proven that they have caused death in infants and serve as a step up for an older child possibly causing a spill from the crib.
They do sell mesh bumper pads which may not present the same danger as the pillow pads - but no research shows that they eliminate the problem of suffocation all together.
Also there is no evidence that shows that a bare crib presents a danger for your baby when it comes to them pushing up against the rails.
All in all, it’s a good idea to remove the bumper pads and place your baby on his/her back when sleeping. Bumper pads, sleep positioners and other bedding create a suffocation risk and may cause the risk of SIDS. Research shows that air flow is a factor in SIDS, and bumper pads can create a risk of mechanical suffocation and reduce airflow in the crib.
So now go – empty that crib, and then enjoy your baby! Crib Safety Products
The staff at Kidsafe