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Sales of crib bumpers prohibited in Maryland

Those who violate ban face fines of $500

Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun

6:59 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

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A ban on decorative bumpers that line a baby's crib goes into effect in Maryland Friday.

The ban applies to crib bumpers that are made of non-mesh type material and sit directly above the mattress. The ban does not apply to vertical bumpers that wrap tightly around individual crib rails or to mesh crib liners.

State health officials will issue a warning to anyone who ships or sells crib bumpers to consumers in Maryland. Retailers who continue to violate the regulation after a warning can receive a fine of up to $500 for each crib bumper shipped or sold.

The ban comes amid heightened concern about bumpers, which have been found to suffocate and strangle babies. Older babies can use the bumpers to climb out of the crib and fall, studies have also found.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against the use of crib bumpers because the organizations say they offer no meaningful benefit and can pose safety risks.

andrea.walker@baltsun.com

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