Crib bumper pad ban starts in Maryland Friday

The nation's first{ }statewide ban on the sale of crib bumper pads will take effect Friday in Maryland after the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene deemed them unnecessary and potentially deadly.

"The ban on the sale of crib bumpers promotes safer sleep for infants, and safer sleep will mean fewer tragedies for Maryland families," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland health secretary, said in a statement.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all say that bumper pads have no real benefit and can cause suffocation and death.

Vendors who are caught shipping or selling bumper pads can receive a fine of up to $500. The ban, however, does not apply to individual vertical bumpers and mesh crib liners.

The statewide ban of the sale of the crib bumpers is part of a public health effort to teach parents about safe sleep practices for babies.

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