Lawmakers Push for Banning Baby Crib Bumper Pads

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A baby sleeping in a crib, with a bumper pad at her head.

Two New York state lawmakers are calling on fellow legislators to ban the sale of a type of baby crib accessory that has been blamed for the deaths of dozens of infants since the mid-1980s.

Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland, and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Westchester, have joined members of the American Academy of Pediatrics and advocates at the state Capitol Tuesday to call on the Democrat-controlled Legislature to ban the sale of crib bumper pads in New York State.

Carlucci and Paulin’s legislation would also ban the use of crib bumper pads in day-care facilities.

The pads are typically sold by stores as part of crib bedding sets and are used to cover the slats of the crib. Infants can fall asleep with their mouth or nose near the bumper and suffocate.

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