Although the Consumer Products Safety Commission was skeptical to believe the findings of Dr. Bradley Thach, a professor of pediatrics at Washington University who claimed crib bumpers were killing babies, the agency has now reversed their standpoint and decided to crack down on baby sleep products that are being blamed for infant injuries and deaths. Are you concerned for your baby’s safety?
In an article in the The New York Times, sources say that the commission is cracking down on baby sleep products now that many cases of death and injury have been reported. Parents and caretakers target too much of their attention on defective baby products rather than what’s right in front of them — like pillows, bumpers and bedding that have cluttered their children’s cribs. A commission report noted that 531 infant deaths from 1992 to 2008 were associated with these sleep products, that’s 35 baby deaths a year!
Here is a list of the products that have caused most of these avoidable deaths:
- Dr. Thach found that crib bumpers, the padding wrapped around the inside of a crib, caused 27 suffocation deaths during a 10 year period beginnging in 1995. “Because bumpers can cause death, we conclude that they should not be used,” he warned.
- In September, the Food and Drug Administration cracked down on sleep positioners, which are typically used to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, but caused the death of 12 babies in the last dozen years or so. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association suggested that parents could continue using them, as long as they used them properly.
- In October, the commission warned parents about baby monitor cords that caused the death of six babies since 2004, who strangled themselves on the wires.
- In December, the commission banned drop-side cribs and asked that they be discarded from homes. The cribs were blamed for reportedly entrapping and killing at least 32 babies since 2000. This statistic helped to launch the “Safe Sleep” campaign which prioritzed the safety of baby sleep products.
All these findings have caused the commission to delve deeper and really focus on making baby sleep products safer and less hazardous to the health and life of infants. So HollyMoms, are you worried about these products? Or will you continue to use them?