Crib Bumper Dangers

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Three Ohio infants die each week in unsafe sleep areas and we want that to change. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2011, saying, “Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.”

Despite that, many retailers continue to sell crib bumpers, which an be confusing for parents. The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP) encourages retailers to STOP selling crib bumpers and keep Ohio babies safe.

We also want to say thanks to companies that model safe sleep environments, like Target and Ikea. Join the Ohio AAP in thanking these retailers by posting this message on your Twitter or Facebook page on Monday, January 5:

Thank you to companies that show parents how babies should sleep–Alone, on their Back, in their Cribs

@Target thank you for showing parents how babies should sleep – Alone, on their Backs, in their Cribs #SayNoToBumpers http://ow.ly/DZ7xA

@IKEAUSA thank u for showing parents how babies should sleep – Alone, on their Backs, in their Cribs #SayNoToBumpers http://ow.ly/DZ7xA

If you visit a store and see a crib set up as a safe sleep environment, snap a picture and share it with us! The Ohio AAP will be tweeting and posting messages on Facebook all day with information on retailers with great safe sleep policies! Follow us at @OHPediatricians and retweet our messages and like us on Facebook!

The Ohio AAP launched a social media campaign on December 4, 2014, encouraging two popular retailers, Babies “R” Us and Pottery Barn Kids, to stop selling crib bumpers. Dozens of people sent hundreds of messages and tweets on Twitter and Facebook on this important message. There was no response from either company to the social media campaign or letters sent to the companies prior to the campaign.

Click this link below to watch a Storify of the powerful messages sent on December 4. Watch for continued efforts to protect Ohio children and promote safe sleep environments by the Ohio AAP soon!

Click here to view Ohio AAP’s Safe Sleep resources, including statistics, a toolkit for our partners and resources for health care professionals and parents.