Have you heard about the latest instrument of death we parents are unknowingly wielding against our children? Crib bumpers.
According to this Oct. 22 HealthDay News article, “The risk of accidental injury or death associated with crib bumper pads outweigh their benefits, according to pediatric researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.”
Damn it all! I started using a crib bumper with Cassie when she began moving around her crib–and inadvertently sticking limbs out, getting them caught, and waking up crying every 10 minutes.
What the heck else was I going to do? I bought an adorable quilted bumper from Pottery Barn (apparently masking its inherent danger with cuteness, like the Gremlins), tied the little cloth ties around the bars of her crib, and voila! She slept so much better. Still does. Never has any problem becoming wedged between the bumper pad and another object (like what, her teddy bear?) or strangling on the 2-inch-long bumper tie, as the article mentions.
Nonetheless, the Parenting Authorities have spoken, and crib bumpers are criminal. Just like children’s cold and cough medicine, toys from China, non-organic produce, and God knows how many countless other items. What’s a mom to do?
I guess in this case, I’m going with my “mom wisdom” rather than worrying about a few unfortunate accidents reported in the article. The crib bumper stays. But I’ll lay off the cold meds. I’ll even check for recalls of poison toys to see if we own an offending toy. Organic food? At least I’ll go with organic milk and beef.
But does anyone else out there think some of these terror-level warnings about kid stuff get just a tad ridiculous? Or do I deserve to be voted in the Bad Mom Hall of Shame?