ABC's of Safe Sleep

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

The Ohio chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics is urging retailers to stop selling crib bumpers because members fear they pose a hazard to babies.

The Columbus-based chapter asked members and parents to tweet to retailers like Pottery Barn and Babies "R" Us earlier this month, asking them to stop carrying the decorative liners that are attached to crib rails.

The Ohio chapter promotes the ABC's of Safe Sleep - meaning a baby should be put to bed Alone, on his Back, in her Crib. "Alone" includes no blankets or crib bumpers, which pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment for babies, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Ohio has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation. Three babies die every week of sleep-related issues in Ohio, according to chapter records.

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