SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed NYS Senate Bill 3788 into law prohibiting the sale of crib bumpers and restricting their use in certain settings. The law, sponsored by Senator David Carlucci, excludes vertical crib liners, which are a new and much safer design in crib bedding. Vertical liners are doctor approved and tightly zip around each individual crib rail. Vertical crib liners are also excluded from the bans in Chicago, Maryland, Ohio and now in New York.
The ban will go into effect October 12, 2019, and will prohibit any manufacturer, importer, distributor, wholesaler, retailer or secondhand dealer from selling or leasing a crib bumper in New York. SB 3788 also states that no child care facility or place of public accommodation shall use or have any crib bumpers unless medically necessary.
However, in other states, where crib bumpers are banned, families have been allowed to use vertical crib liners in day care centers and other facilities. Vertical liners provide a comfortable, protective, safe environment for children with autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, skin and tactile disorders. The makers of PURE SAFETY Vertical Crib Liners have also partnered with Kayserbetten US, which makes beds specifically for hospitals, special needs children and other facilities to provide a safe and secure sleep system. KaiserBeds are FDA-approved and covered by insurance, often the bedding is, too.
Many past studies leave no doubt that traditional “crib bumpers kill kids,” as stated by one of the leading experts, Dr. Bradley Thach. Researchers continue to insist that the Consumer Product Safety Commission take serious and immediate action to ban traditional crib bumpers to prevent further deaths. Until then, cities and states are taking matters into their own hands.
In a recent study in the Journal of Pediatrics, Dr. Thach and his team uncovered 77 deaths due to crib bumpers. Photos even showed infants’ necks stuck on top of the bumper, often happening with thinner, horizontal bumpers. The study highlights that it is not just the thickness, but the horizontal nature and reliance on ties of a bumper that make them lethal – thick or thin. On the contrary, Thach lauded vertical crib liners as a seemly safe option that provided airflow and mitigated entrapment and climb-outs.
Vertical crib liners have been subjected to 3rd party clinical studies, plus medical evaluations by leading infant pulmonary experts. Findings determined airflow in a crib with vertical crib liners is comparable to that of a bare crib, and that they preclude any risk of suffocation or asphyxiation normally found with traditional crib bedding. Vertical liners’ heightened, sleek, vertical padding also protects babies’ heads and bodies while keeping limbs safely inside. More information can be found at www.gomamago.com.