Lawmakers push for banning baby crib bumper pads

May 21, 2019 01:05 PM

ALBANY - While they look good and dress up a baby's nursery, advocates against them say that crib bumper pads can be deadly and they want the sales banned. This morning at the Capitol, two downstate lawmakers teamed up with advocates from the American Academy of Pediatrics and First Candle, an organization dedicated to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, to make the push.

From 1990-2016, there have been 107 fatalities nationwide due to the pads, said Sen. David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester). He and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) are making the push in the Democrat-controlled Legislature to ban the sale of crib bumper pads in New York state. Ohio and Maryland are the only other states to ban them.

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"The Consumer Product Safety Commission has said that these crib bumpers are deadly clutter," said Carlucci. "And there is no excuse to have them.

"We have to set the example, we have to send the message and make sure that parents don't put these in their baby's cribs. We need to keep them safe."

Said Alison Jacobson, CEO of First Candle, who lost her first son to SIDS in 1997: "SIDS and other sleep-related deaths including accidental suffocation are the cause of 3,600 deaths every year in this country. 71% of those either happened in an adult bed or in a crib or bassinette with other things in it like padded bumpers."

Carlucci and Paulin's legislation would also ban the use of crib bumper pads in daycare facilities. The pads are typically sold by stores as part of crib bedding sets and are used to cover the slats of the crib. Infants can fall asleep with their mouth or nose near the bumper and suffocate.


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