Maryland's health department is officially proposing the first statewide ban on the sale of baby bumper pads. State health officials have concluded the risks to infants outweigh the potential benefits. Maryland is proposing the ban start on June 21, 2013.
Crib bumper pads became popular in older-style cribs where the slats were far enough apart that a baby's head could become trapped between the slats, posing a suffocation risk. Today, all cribs sold in the United States and Canada are required to have slats close enough together that it's nearly impossible for an infant's head to fit through.
Public comment on the proposed regulation will be accepted until Aug. 13. The proposal would give retailers nine months to prepare to comply with the ban.