The ban, which was adopted in November, begins on Friday, according to the state health department.
“Pediatricians in Maryland support the new ban on the sale of crib bumpers. Far too often in our state, healthy infants are dying in unsafe sleep positions,” said Dr. Scott Krugman, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Health officials have long maintained that crib bumper pads provide no significant benefit and pose potentially serious risks to infants. Among those risks is the risk of suffocation.
Health officials say the key to safe sleeping for babies is for infants to sleep alone, on their backs in a crib free of blankets, pillows, fluffy toys or bumpers.
“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 Sharfstein, secretary of Maryland’s health department.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use.