parent designing a nursery today is asking themselves the question: bumper or no bumper? There is a swarm of information available today about crib bumper safety and an even bigger swarm of opinions amongst experts and parents. The debate remains; should parents be able to choose whether or not they use a bumper or should the state have the right to regulate bumper use?
JPMA Issues Statement Regarding Proposed Crib Bumper Regulations in Maryland
September 27, 2011 JPMA, an association dedicated to promoting the safe selection and use of juvenile products, is urging the State of Maryland to adopt regulations consistent with the use of safe, traditional, non-pillow like crib bumper pads. JPMA is also extremely concerned about the unintended consequences of regulations that restrict products specifically designed for crib use. “It is very risky behavior to use makeshift bumper pads,” said Michael Dwyer, CAE Executive Director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. “Our fear is that the elimination of bumpers from the marketplace will encourage parents to use towels, adult blankets or pillows as a protective barrier from the hard wooden surface of the crib slats. Instead, the state ofMarylandshould adopt safety regulations developed as a result of the ASTM standard setting process, and join JPMA in educating parents on the safe use of traditional bumper pads.”
JPMA continues to promote the need for information and education on safe sleep practices. JPMA has provided an informational flyer on the safe use of traditional bumper pads which is available for download from www.cribsafety.org , JPMA’s website dedicated to communicating safe sleep practices. JPMA also has ongoing concern for cities and states that are passing legislation that causes additional confusion for parents and caregivers and is urgingMaryland to consider all scientific data on crib bumper pad use. Properly designed crib bumper pads, when used correctly, can help prevent limb entrapment and head injuries.
In 2011, JPMA commissioned a third party review of previous studies of crib bumper pads. Outcomes of the studies that were reviewed by Exponent, a leading engineering and scientific consulting firm providing solutions to complex technical problems, found that there were methodological problems that were apparent in the criteria used to select the incidents included for analysis and in the analytical treatment of other potential contributors. “JPMA remains fully supportive of safe sleep education and standard development,” said Dwyer. “We are encouraging the state of Marylandto rely on the scientific data on crib bumper pads and adopt the ASTM standard in the state. We believe parents have a right to choose the products they use to care for their baby.”