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Why New York Just Banned Dangerous Crib Bumpers

Parents have known they're dangerous for a long time, but crib bumpers are finally illegal in New York.

New York State has officially banned crib bumper pads On Tuesday, August 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a package of bills to keep kids safe, including the Crib Bumper Bill, which makes it illegal for stores to sell crib bumpers anywhere in the state of New York. The state also passed Harper’s Law, which requires certain furniture to be tied down to prevent injury in children.

Though NYS is just now recognizing the danger of crib bumpers, parents have been concerned about them for years. These bumpers, which are used to cushion the interior or babies’ cribs, pose a suffocating risk if children fall asleep with their mouths or noses against them. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has strongly advised parents against using them long before NYS’s ban. “Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the baby’s sleep area,” the AAP’s website reads. “These include pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, blankets, toys, bumper pads or similar products that attach to crib slats or sides.”

Cumo spoke about his decision to pass these bills, referencing his own experiences as a parent. “As a father, I know full well that you never stop worrying about your child’s safety, no matter how old they are,” the Governor said, according to New York Daily News. “These measures will help give parents peace of mind at a critical time in their child’s lives and will help ensure that their homes or daycare facilities remain safe and secure environments.”