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IMPORTANT RECALL: Pottery Barn Kids crib bumper poses infant hazard

The Pottery Barn Kids “Sweet Lambie” crib bumper is being recalled because of a potential hazard to infants.  Consumers should immediately check the tag on the bumper for the month and year. The manufacturer reports, “The decorative stitching on the bumper can come loose, posing an entanglement hazard to young children. If your bumper contains a date code between 04/2009 and 07/2012, please stop using it immediately.” Model numbers included in the recall are: 708859, 708917, and 7988348.

The bumpers were sold at Pottery Barn Kids stores nationwide, by catalog, and online from April 2009 through July 2012. If you have a recalled bumper, contact Pottery Barn Kids toll-free at (855) 323-5138 for instructions. The company is offering a free replacement bumper or a gift card in the amount of a full refund.

Keeping your baby safe

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that between 1992 and 2010 there were nearly 700 deaths involving infants 12 months and younger related to pillows and cushions placed in or near a baby’s sleep environment. Nearly half of the infant crib deaths and two-thirds of bassinet deaths reported to CPSC each year are suffocations caused by pillows, thick quilts and/or overcrowding in the baby’s sleeping space.

American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips to keep your sleeping baby safe. This information should also be shared with anyone who cares for babies, including grandparents, family, friends, babysitters, and child care centers.

  • Place your baby to sleep on his back for every sleep. Babies up to 1 year of age should always be placed on their backs to sleep during naps and at night. However, if your baby has rolled from his back to his side or stomach on his own, he can be left in that position if he is already able to roll from tummy to back and back to tummy. If your baby falls asleep in a car safety seat, stroller, swing, infant carrier, or infant sling he should be moved to a firm sleep surface as soon as possible.
  • Place your baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface. The crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard should meet current safety standards. Check to make sure the product has not been recalled. Do not use a crib that is broken or missing parts, or has drop-side rails. Cover the mattress that comes with the product with a fitted sheet. Do not put blankets or pillows between the mattress and the fitted sheet. Never put your baby to sleep on a chair, sofa, water bed, cushion, or sheepskin. For more information about crib safety standards, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
  • Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib. Pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, bumper pads, and stuffed toys can cause your baby to suffocate. Note: Research has not shown us when it’s 100% safe to have these objects in the crib; however, most experts agree that after 12 months of age these objects pose little risk to healthy babies.

Click HERE for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how you can create a safe sleep environment for your baby.

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