Get rid of those crib bumpers! They might be padded pieces of fabric cushion that neatly rests on the side, making your baby's bed cozy and well decorated. But does people really care about whether you baby's crib has a cute bumper on the side? Is worth it even if they do? It shouldn't be, especially since you do not want to put your child at risk.
Parents assume that because the bumper is 'padded' it might keep their baby safe in the crib. But the truth is, it is quite dangerous. According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of the United States, over a seven year span between 2006 and 2012, 23 babies born in the US have died because of their crib bumpers. The data reported indicates that this is three times higher than the average number of deaths in the three previous seven-year time spans. While these numbers could be due to the increasing awareness among doctors and reporting, however the author believes that these numbers are still substantially under-counted.
The data reported to CPSC of the US states that babies could not breath due to their face getting caught in the bumper, or got wedged between the bumper and something else present in the crib.
Parents are advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics, not to use any bumpers on their babies crib. These include thick, thin, or mesh versions. Instead, it is recommended by several experts to use just a firm mattress covered in a tight-fitting sheet, without any pillows, blankets, bumpers, toys, stuffed animals, positioning devices or anything else in the crib itself.
Moreover, it is important to put your baby to sleep on his back, and avoid any other positions as this can pose a risk for them as well.