JPMA Reminds Parents of Crib Bumper Safety

February 2, 2011

JPMA has consistently noted the following recommendations for crib bumper pad use, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

    If bumper pads are used, remove them when the baby begins to stand so that they can't be used as a step. Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, soft or pillow-like bumpers, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib.

JPMA also recommends that parents and caregivers select bumper pads that fit around the entire crib, and tie or snap securely into place.

Consistent messages, ongoing communication and awareness are keys to helping educate parents and caregivers on the importance of creating a safe sleep environment for babies. JPMA has created many safety resources for parents, including brochures, videos, messages through Twitter and Facebook and a website solely dedicated to safe sleep – cribsafety.org. JPMA’s well-developed position on bedding and bumper pad use and commitment to educating consumers has been historically consistent with the hazard analysis conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Click here to read JPMA's response to Illinios Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Position on Crib Bumpers