If you own a crib bumper, it’s probably a good time to throw it away.
A new study out of the U.S. found that the number of infants being killed by crib bumpers is on the rise, and researchers are now calling for a ban on the products altogether. The data, which came from the Washington University School of Medicine, revealed that the number of crib-bumper deaths reported from 2006-2012 was three times higher than in previous records.
“The findings indicate that in the majority of incidents studied, crib bumpers were the sole cause of harm, rebutting beliefs that other items also in the cribs — such as blankets, pillows and stuffed animals — caused the deaths and injuries,” the study’s authors wrote.
Additionally, researchers point out that the general lack of information around crib-bumper deaths could mean the number of fatalities is actually much higher than what they believe. If none of that is enough to get you to ditch yours though, you might also want to know that Health Canada doesn’t recommend using them, while the Canadian Paediatric Society told parents to ditch them all the way back in 2004.
In other words, the message that these things are dangerous is out there and has been for a while. So why are people still buying them?