It is always best to remove all loose and fluffy bedding from your baby’s sleep area. This includes bumper pads, sleep positioners, pillows, blankets, comforters, and stuffed toys. Soft bedding can pose an unnecessary suffocation hazard to children, as well as limit fresh air causing a potentially fatal buildup of exhaled air (carbon dioxide) that when re-breathed is one of the leading cause of SIDS.
Play yard mattresses are thin for a reason. The play yard is a flexible structure. Adding extra padding, foam or mattresses to the play yard can cause babies to suffocate in one of the following ways:
- The baby can get his or her face stuck in the added mattress or other soft items or
- Because of the extra additions, the flexible sides of the play yard can be pressed out. This creates dangerous and deadly gaps between the side and the added material in which a baby can get trapped.