A charity that provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep, and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) has warned of the dangers posed by cot bumpers.
Following a study showing the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to cot bumpers in the USA, The Lullaby Trust has recommended to all parents that they remove cot bumpers from babies’ cots.
The study by Washington University School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Pediatrics (24 November 2015) found that 48 infant deaths from 1985-2012 were specifically attributed to cot bumpers. An additional 146 infants were involved in cot bumper incidents in which the babies nearly suffocated, choked or were strangled.
“Our advice is simple: the safest cot is a clear cot.”
Francine Bates, Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust said: “This is compelling new evidence that cot bumpers do pose a serious risk to babies. 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.
Cot bumpers pose a threat to babies once they begin to roll and move about the cot. We know that some infants have become entangled in the ties and material, or fallen whilst pulling themselves up on the bumpers.
Baby retailers need to think twice before selling these products or at the very least we need to see consistent safety standards for cot bumpers across Europe and clearer warning messages on all packaging.
New parents now have a massive range of baby products to choose from and it can be really confusing to know what is needed. Babies need just a few basic items for sleep: a firm flat surface and some bedding. Our advice is simple: the safest cot is a clear cot.”
About The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep. It also runs an information line for parents and professionals (0808 802 6869) and a dedicated line for bereaved families (0808 802 6868). Both are free to call from landlines and mobiles.
Advice including, factsheets and the latest research can be found at www.lullabytrust.org.uk