PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN APPROVES LAW TO BAN SLEEP-RELATED PRODUCTS LINKED TO INFANT DEATHS
The passage of the Safe Sleep for Babies Act signed by President Biden, which bans the manufacturing and sale of bumper pads and reclining bassinets, represents a monumental victory for the health of babies and is the culmination of decades of advocacy from pediatricians.
By prohibiting the sale of these products throughout the country, a great victory is marked in favor of protecting babies. This law was promoted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) who confirmed that these products do not have or promote the necessary characteristics for a safe sleep environment, as babies' noses and mouths can be covered by a bumper or trapped between the crib mattress, leading to suffocation.
From 1990 to March 31, 2019, there were 113 reported deaths involving crib bumpers, according to data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) more than 100 babies have died while in a reclining bassinet.
As this law goes into effect, we remember babies like Preston, who suffocated at eight weeks of age when he rolled in his sleep and became trapped against his crib bumper in 2011, and 15-week-old Alex, who died while in an angled sleeper bassinet, the now-retired Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play.
This law is in honor of those angels who lost their lives and their grieving parents, wishing that no other family goes through the same tragedy and pain.
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