Not my opinion — fact. However, this is a look at some of the most common and misguided statements I have read about cot bumpers, and my refutation using the NHS, The Lullaby Trust, and other reliable bodies information.
I want to arm other parents with this information, and tackle the most common misconceptions about cot bumpers.
Hell, they still sell paint stripper which is used in acid attacks — very dangerous. Fundamentally, bumpers are for decorative purposes.
Then they become unsafe. They can still do this because there are NO current regulations preventing the sale — merely industry standards the manufacturers have to follow.
An additional infants were involved in cot bumper incidents in which the babies nearly suffocated, choked or were strangled. You can read more about the study here. In addition, they can provide leverage for older babies to be able to chuck themselves out of their cots.
Definitely not a good idea!
If you are on a low income, you may be able to receive a Special Needs Grant from Work and Income to buy a bed. Or considered how useful that thick padding will be for a toddler intent on climbing out of their cot in the middle of the night? A study into the safety of bed sharing found that it could increase the risk of cot death, and in the case of babies aged less than eight weeks old, bed sharing increased the risk of cot death by 1.
Highly unlikely, first of all. Secondly, even if this highly unlikely event was to occur, a broken limb whilst not ideal at all, is treatable unlike a baby who has suffocated in their sleep. The risk is real.
Find me some reliable statistics on this and I may be swayed. They may prevent minor injuries like the odd bruise here and there, but broken limbs?! Sorry if this has legitimately happened to anyone reading this, no offence intended. Or a baby sleeping bag. You can read more here! A safe cot is an empty cot!
He was found with his cot bumper wrapped around his neck — his bumper was fitted correctly! His parents have since tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness of the risks of SIDS — something that the UK is woefully behind in when compared to other countries, though thankfully since then, our NHS website and other medical organisations have added warnings about bumpers to their websites and other information pamphlets..
You can read the list here. The Lullaby Trust, an organisation established to raise awareness of safe sleep practices, also warns against cot bumpers here. We do not recommend the use of any sort of cot bumpers and urge all parents to follow our safer sleep advice to use a flat firm mattress in a cot or Moses basket with no loose bedding, pillows or bumpers. Hopefully there will be a new petition launched soon! We are all adults and all capable of making choices for our babies.
A pretty cot is cute, but not worth risking a childs life over. The safest cot is a clear cot.
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