The CDC reports that many babies are suffocating while sleeping. In 2009, 665 babies died from accidental suffocation or strangulation while in bed. Infants are dying from suffocation next to the soft, cuddly toys, crib bumpers, blankets, etc.
Babies can pull these items over their faces, cutting off air, or roll into a crib bumper and suffocate against the padded bumper. These items are marketed by the companies which are aware of this danger, putting profits over safety. Bumpers are marketed to protect babies; however, American Pediatrics has issued a specific warning about crib bumpers, warning parents that they can be dangerous, and should never be used in a crib. Stores in some cities have been banned from selling crib bumpers.
The CDC warns parents to sleep babies in an EMPTY crib to prevent babies from suffocating on any items. If your baby is younger than one year old, doctors say there should be nothing in the crib except the baby—no stuffed animals, pillows, toys or blankets. Place babies in zip-up sleep sacks which do not creep up around the baby’s neck. (Today Show, Center for Disease Control, May 16, 2012)
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