Traditional cot bumpers are not recommended in countries including the US, Canada and Australia for the following reasons:
Overheating, re-breathing of exhaled air and lack of oxygen are all risk factors which have been associated with SIDS (cot death).
In the US, a 2007 study found that 27 infant deaths were directly attributable to cot bumpers in the US over a 20 year period (0f the 27 deaths, 11 infants suffocated when their face was found in close contact with the padding, 13 died after being wedged between the bumper and another object and 3 were strangled by a bumper tie). An investigation by the Chicago Tribune revealed that at least 14 infant suffocation deaths have been linked with bumpers since 2008. As a result, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organisation of 60,000 doctors, declared in 2013 that cot bumpers should not be used in cots, and so far the city of Chicago and state of Maryland have banned them.
In the UK, as no studies have been done on bumpers, parents are being given mixed messages. However, in 2013 it was reported in the Loughborough Echo that a 9-month old from North-West Leicestershire passed away as a result of strangulation after managing to rip his cot bumper from his cot.
Elsewhere, Health Canada report that 23 incidents involving bumpers were reported to them over a 15 year period. In France, a cot bumper was recalled in 2006 after a 9 month old baby died due to strangulation by one of the cords.
The Cot Wrap® has been designed to reduce all of the risks associated with traditional cot bumpers:
The Cot Wrap® has been extensively safety tested and is fully compliant with British Standard 1877 Part 10 for cot bumpers and with all applicable parts of EN-71.