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Charity claims cot bumpers pose ‘serious risk’ to babies

A spike in infant deaths and injuries related to cot bumpers has sparked a new study about their safety

Charity advises cot bumpers should be removed

The Lullaby Trust, dedicated to promoting expert advice on safer baby sleep, has advised cot bumpers to be removed following a recent study into their safety

Safety concerns raised over the use of cot bumpers

  • A leading UK charity reacts to study into the safety of cot bumpers

Baby in cot with cot bumper

A charity focussed on safer sleep advice for babies, has advised parents to remove cot bumpers from their baby’s cot following a study into the use of cot bumpers.

The study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine, followed a rise in the number of infant injuries and deaths related to cot bumpers in the US.

Published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the results raised concerns about the use of cot bumpers after discovering that between the years of 1985-2012, 48 infant deaths were attributed to cot bumpers.

The study also revealed that a further 146 infants involved in cot bumper incidents almost suffocated, were strangled or choked.

In response to these shocking findings, The Lullaby Trust, a charity focussed of safer baby sleep and support for anyone bereaved by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), has recommended parents remove all cot bumpers to ensure safety of their sleeping baby.

Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust, Francine Bates, has been reported to say: "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.”

Safety concerns raised over the use of cot bumpers

  • A leading UK charity reacts to study into the safety of cot bumpers

Charity claims cot bumpers pose ‘serious risk’ to babies