Supplemental baby mattresses are readily sold online and in stores, even though they are a proven suffocation hazard for babies.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), which safeguards Americans from deadly products, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, has made it clear that a supplemental mattress should never be used in a soft-sided play yard.
According to CPSC data from 2000 to 2013, at least 15 children died while sleeping on supplemental mattresses. These deaths involved a child being wedged between gaps created when the supplemental mattress was added to the play yard or portable crib.
Keeping Babies Safe has made significant progress in limiting the sale of the proven suffocation hazard. Through the non-profit’s effort, Toys R Us, Target, Sears, Kmart, Wayfair and buy buy Baby have all vowed not to sell supplemental mattresses in their stores or online.
Our elected leaders must recognize the mandatory hazard labels required on all play yards, disclosing the suffocation risks of using supplemental mattresses for soft-sided play yards. Parents are warned not to use this mattress, and are instructed to only use the original mattress pad contained in the play yard package.
But this risk is not readily apparent when shopping for products separately or together, prompting many young families to innocently buy products that have consistently proven fatal.
That is why Keeping Babies Safe and many other advocacy organizations are calling for a universal ban on the sale of the product.
Each baby you protect helps protect them all. Here are some ways you can make a difference:
Stay on top of the latest news about product recalls on our Hazards & Recalls page.
Report retail outlets that sell dangerous supplemental mattresses. Use our form.
Never underestimate your ability to make change happen.