Bumping Bumpers?

As society evolves, so does our idea and knowledge of what is safe. After all, it wasn’t long ago that we were painting with lead and smoking on airplanes! PoshTots is proud to say we’ve grown and adapted as the years have gone by and as product regulations have changed. But, the question still remains, where should the line be drawn when it comes to child safety? Could a crayon, stuffed animal or even a pacifier be considered unsafe when put within the reach of an unknowing child?

Today’s hot-button safety issue is baby bedding, particularly crib bumpers. These stylish accents were intended to prevent…well, bumps. While the American Academy of Pediatrics is advocating the ban of bumpers due to potential injuries, the jury is still out amongst many industry regulators. Michael Dwyer, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association (JPMA), reports that traditional, non-pillow style bumpers are fine, and “our fear is that the recommended elimination of bumpers from the marketplace will lead to unintended consequences and may encourage parents to use towels, adult blankets or pillows as a protective barrier from the hard wooden surface of the crib slats.”

Now, we turn to our posh pals for your opinion. What are your thoughts on the safety of crib bumpers? Should they be “bumped”?


Feel free to offer additional insight on this issue in the comments field. We want to hear your personal opinions!

2 thoughts on “Bumping Bumpers?”

  1. I’m so diasppointed in your flippant attitude- “But, the question still remains, where should the line be drawn when it comes to child safety? Could a crayon, stuffed animal or even a pacifier be considered unsafe when put within the reach of an unknowing child?” about this issue. All babies deserve to sleep in a bed that is safe for them in every way and parents that have the ability to provide this should feel obligated to do so. Bumpers were originally sold to cover the dangerous spaces between crib slates, but even since regulations have curbed that problem, their use continues. From all that I have read, the benefit of these bumpers cannot outweigh the risk of suffocation. While personal stories cannot be considered reliable data in such an important issue, my daughter never had a problem with bumps or bruises and none of my friends who use bare cribs have any incidences. I can’t believe people would fight this issue. Vanity vs safety is a non issue in my book!

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