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Doctor urges parents to get bumpers out of cribs

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Experts say babies should sleep on their backs in a sleep sack - no loose blankets or nothing with any ties or strings. Experts say babies should sleep on their backs in a sleep sack - no loose blankets or nothing with any ties or strings.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Just peruse the internet and people can still buy fluffy, cute crib bumpers, but experts say they should be banned. They are a major factor in suffocation.

The city of Chicago and the state of Maryland have banned the sale of bumpers. Experts say they're still waiting for the rest of the country to follow suit.

More than 2,000 babies die every year while sleeping despite all the warnings and all the research.

Dr. Rachel Moon is one of the nation's leading experts on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research recently spoke to a group of nurses at Children's Mercy Hospital.

Parents know the temptation to snuggle with their babies right next to them in their own bed, but doctors say it is not worth the risk.

Moon says while the number of babies dying from SIDS has dropped, there has been a rise in the number of suffocations mainly due to bed sharing.

And despite all we know, Moon said the number of babies dying during sleep hasn't changed in 20 years. It's just gone down in some areas and up in others.

"A lot of suffocations occur from bed sharing situations, so we encourage having the crib next to your bed so it's easy to roll over to feed or soothe the baby. But as soon as you're done, put the baby back in the crib," she said.

It is recommended parents keep the baby's crib next to mom and dad for at least six months but ideally for a year.

Experts say babies should sleep on their backs in a sleep sack - no loose blankets or nothing with any ties or strings.

And there are other ways to keep babies safe.

Breastfeeding appears to reduce the risk of SIDS as does the use of a pacifier while sleeping. Also, don't let a baby anywhere near cigarette smoke.

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