You can’t buy crib bumper pads in Chicago: it’s become the first city to ban the sale of these soft pads that are tied onto the cribs slats and wrap around the inside of a crib.
The city council approved the ban, citing the suffocation risk posed by bumpers and the lack of a federal ban despite reports of deaths, the Chicago Tribune reports. Stores that continue to sell bumper pads can be fined up to $500.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using bumper pads, as does Consumers Union. We believe bumper pads are unnecessary and not worth the possible risk. And if a crib has a solid end panel, there’s nowhere to tie the pads onto anyway.