New law outlaws crib bumpers or inclined sleepers for infants

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New law outlaws crib bumpers or inclined sleepers for infants

Last week, President Biden, “signed into law legislation that prohibits the manufacture and sale of crib bumpers or inclined sleepers blamed for more than 200 infant deaths, the White House announced.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “there were 113 reported fatalities involving crib bumpers from the start of 1990 through March 31, 2019.” Over “100 babies have died in infant inclined sleep products, with the CPSC recalling numerous versions.”

“It’s unfortunate that this law could take months to take effect. Parents and caregivers need to recognize the dangers of these products and get them out of their homes now,” Teresa Murray, consumer watchdog with the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, said in a statement.

CBS News reported, “For decades, parents and advocates have called for a ban on the products, which can lead to suffocation when infants’ noses and mouths get covered by a bumper or stuck between it and a crib mattress.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that infants sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface without any extra padding, pillows, blankets, or toys.

Read the full story at CBS News here.

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