Bumper pads. To use or NOT to use?

Alana - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My LO is a wiggle worm and goes all over the crib from one corner to another all night long! I had some nice thick bumper pads in there and took them out to wash... thank goodness i did... that night i woke up and her face was planted where the bumper would have been! Talk about scary. The only thing now is that she hits her head on the slats of the crib... I didn't put the pads back in in fear of her suffocating, but between bumping her head, poking her arms through the holes and losing her paci behind the crib (requiring me to crawl under the crib at least once a night) I'm not sure about what to do. I'm considering getting one of those breathable bumpers? is it worth it? I read somewhere that it can actually increase the chance of SIDS because it traps the CO2 even more!?!?! I wish i could remember where I read that. Please help, not sure what to try... maybe just leave things the way they are and deal with purchasing enough paci's so I don't have to crawl under the crib every night? LOL. Thanks ladies!



oh, just found another option, but super expensive... wonder bumpers...

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Ciera - posted on 08/07/2010

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i say, if they are old enough to roll, they are old enough to notice they are not breathing and roll back over. i was not tooo worried about bumper pads but my mom made me switch to the mesh ones. id say if your that worried then switch to those, they give some protection for her head, and still keep arms and legs out of the bars. i got mine from like walmart and they were cheap. and about thw whole being able to breathe with a squished nose, well its true that they can, if you have ever breast fed, welll there face can get pretty squished and they can still breathe and if they cant, then they move its a natural instinct.

Jenni - posted on 08/06/2010

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So they say not to. But they also say not to co-sleep for the same reasons. But many families do. My son would constantly get his leg stuck inbetween the bars and wake up screaming. so i used them. I tucked them down into the matress. I've had more scares with blankets. He never ran into problems with the pads. But of course this is just IMO it is completely up to you and your family to decide in the end.

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Vicky - posted on 02/01/2013

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I sewed a pacifier onto a Taggie I cut open one of the tags, put on the binky, then sewed it back on zigzaging for strenth. . Works great.- buy one or make one. You buy a piece of fleece. sew 2 smallish squares together. Maybe 8in. by 8in. Before you sew all around, right sides together, cut a bunch of pices of ribbon, bright satan and grosgrain, make them into a loop and pin them on the inside as you are sewing them together. I ripped open one of the tags, put on the binky, then sewed it back up zig zagging for strengthl
Works great.

Nikita - posted on 08/09/2010

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I was told not to put bumper pads into their crib until they can roll over because if they can roll into the bumper pad they can obviously roll away from it if it becomes hard for them to breathe. when they are little they cant roll around so if u dont lay them next to the bumper pad there is no way they should be able to get next to it and suffocate. I personally dont put one in the crib because i am always a nervous wreck.

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We were told to remove our son's bumper as soon as he could roll which was around 3 months old, because they are a suffocation hazard.

Carly - posted on 08/09/2010

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I use bumpers with my daughter as we have the same problem as many others have mentioned, she crawls and bangs her head. i just use normal bumpers, not breatheable ones or anything fancy. we have never had a problem and she sleeps in her own room now. she does push her face into them at times but it has never had any effect on her breathing. my mother in law mentioned to me that they should not be used at all as they stop the air circulating round the cot properly but i would rather have my babys head free from bumps

Dawn - posted on 08/09/2010

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We bought a mesh breathable bumper for the same reason. My daughter constantly had body parts hanging out and was bumping her head. She would wake up repeatedly if he head even touched the slats (like 5-7 times a night)...needless to say, I bought the bumper and it has been the best purchase ever...even though they are thin and breathable, there is still a little cushion to them and she has never woke up again needing to be moved away from the side, now she sleeps with her head straight on there and doesn't wake up. We LOVE and would recommend.

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Here's what I had to do.
My boy is a wild child when he's sleeping. He gets his arms and legs caught in the bars too.
Yes, I had a fear of him getting suffocated in the bumper pad, so this is what I did.
I wove the bumper pad in one bar, out one bar. They are woven through the bars, as if I was weaving in and out of them.... all the way around the crib.
This keeps him from throwing his arms out, but at the same time doesn't leave him with a huge surface of padding that his face can press into. I don't worry too much about him suffocating anymore, he's old enough and strong enough to move himself if he's in an uncomfortable position. (hence, the thrashing around all night long)

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2010

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i used the bumper pads with my 2 year old until she was starting to stand (when we lowered the crib mattress). she'd frequenly fall asleep with her face buried in the pad but was always fine. they may be babies but they're not going to suffocate just having a face pressed into a bumper pad. They do have the natural instinct to move away after all. Her little arm would poke through under the pad and out of the crib and it never got caught. just looked really freaking cute. I'm not going to bother using one with my baby (due in 15 days) as i don't really have the funds atm to go out and buy it when i have so much more important things to purchase. Perhaps when he starts rolling around if he hits his head alot.

Aubrey - posted on 08/09/2010

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My daughter is 7 months old and I haven't taken the bumper pads out. She sucks her thumb and she has great notion of not putting her face up against the bumper pads. I too tuck them under the bed, and I haven't had any worries at all. But do do what makes up feel more comfy

Amanda - posted on 08/08/2010

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I dont use them because CAS doesnt approve. I remember when my son first went into his crib, the first week he kept getting his legs stuck, and I mean stuck betweent the bars. I wasnt able to remove his leg a couple times because he had it stuck up past his knee. If I didnt have to deal with CAS I would probably have them up there. And I would be using the breathable ones.

Amy - posted on 08/07/2010

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yes I agree with most everyone here, my LO is almost 6 months old and she has been in her crib for about 3 months now since she started moving around. I check on her a few times every night and she is always in a different position, many times smooshed up against the bumper. I move her back to the middle, she scoots back to the corner! She is trying to crawl and will bang her head into the bumper over and over as she tries to push herself forward, so glad it's a bumper and not the rails! I don't see the point in having them in there when your baby isn't moving around, isn't the point of a bumper to prevent them from hitting the rails when they roll? I agree, as long as they are rolling and able to control their neck and head, they will move if they can't breathe, it's instinctual once they are moving around.

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i have a son who is 6 1/2 months old and I have bumpers on his crib at home but my mother-in-law doesnt. He also moves all about and the only time I have had a problem is once he got his arm caught at my m-i-l house. The way I look at it is this... if they move around as much as mine does you are more likely than not to ge an arm/foot caught between the slats, and also since they move around so much and can move so well that if he/she plants her face against the bumper he/she will be able to get away just as easily. My son did that one time and was fussing and I rushed in there and just as soon as he heard me he picked up his head and smiled at me then rolled over... he was perfectly fine and not stuck at all!!! I plan on using the bumper pads for a while!

Sherry - posted on 08/06/2010

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I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY LITTLE GIRL...SO I TOOK THE BUMPERS OFF AND GOT THE BREATHABLE BUMPERS FROM BABIES R US...IT WORKED WONDERFUL!

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i tried the air flow bumper and it wasn't really that effective because it's so thin, so now we have had a regular bumper in the crib since about 5 or 6 months and it;'s been fine, he hasn't suffocated. i think that if the bumper was there yor baby probably wouldnt have had their face theere

Carly - posted on 08/06/2010

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yeah that makes me nervous too, I used them with my first daughter just find but now that the second is a few weeks away I am still torn, to use or not to use....

Jessica - posted on 08/06/2010

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Okay I definately agree with bumper pads until about 10 months or so maybe even a year. A babies nose is created very perfectly in the fact that it is designed to smoosh and still be able to breath. try it out...not to much pressure but push down on your babies nose can you still see an opening where your baby can breath?? you should and they probably won't even budge when you try to do that. I learn that from breastfeeding because my boobs were so big while lactating that I was affraid that I was going to suffocate her while feeding but she always had air and never showed any signs of stop breathing. just keep an eye out if you have a feeling that she is not being able to breath properly then leave them out (she will learn not to bump her head) (besides babies head are pretty resilient just think about what they just went through) basically go with your instincts if you feel like it is a bad idea then go ahead if you think it is okay then do it. I had a friend you didn't believe on giving her baby a blanket until one year. I started let my daughter have a blanket at 3 months (loose) She was always swaddled before that. she has always slept on her belly (as a matter of fact I tried the sleep positioner and she started to role to her belly because that is what she preffered) just go with your instincts and they will lead you in the right direction.

Alana - posted on 08/06/2010

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Carly: she will be 4 moths on the 17th. I just hate that she bonks her head and her little arms poke through :(

Lesley - posted on 08/06/2010

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I was using bumper pads for the first little bit with my first born when he was about 3 months...CAS had a fit and told me to remove them right away as they don't approve of the usage of bumper pads in a crib at any age.......my mom didn't want to remove them because she was worried about him bumping his head and what not when he got older and was moving around.....we finally removed them when he did start rolling as he somehow managed to get them bumper pad around his neck thank god he was ok.....

Karen - posted on 08/06/2010

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i asked my dr this and he told me to leave them off when they are little enough not to move, then put the mesh ones on when they move around - so that's what i did and i'm very glad i did...i don't have any on the crib we have at grandma's house and he's forever waking up screaming because an arm or more often, a leg is stuck in the slots and he can't get it out (he ends up with lots of bruises from this so i am going to be buying another set of mesh bumpers soon). i also like the mesh ones because he's getting to the age where he likes to stand in his crib, and the mesh ones collapse flat to the mattress so they are of no assistance to climbing out

Carly - posted on 08/06/2010

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How old is she?? Because technically you should lose the bumper pads after they are old enough to move and roll around.

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