Crib Bumpers

Debra - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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I just was told by a sales person at a baby store, that I should not be using crib bumpers once a baby is able to sit up in the crib. Has anyone heard of this? I don't want my baby to be unsafe.

I would apprecaite any feedback or advice.

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Morgan - posted on 09/15/2010

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Some people say after you baby can sit and pull up they can use a good sucure bumper as a step and tumble out of the crib, but when baby can pull up and get into a sitting postion alone you should be lowering you crib mattress anyways :)

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Maureen - posted on 02/04/2014

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When will someone design a new type of cot that has air flow but not bars, surely with all the technology we have today someone could take up the challenge.

Michelle - posted on 09/19/2010

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I was skeptical on using bumpers as well. I did a bit of looking around, and have found a great item for the same purpose. They are a mesh bumper. They have the same purpose as the other bumpers, but they are breathable! I'm not sure if they have them in the states, ( i live in Australia) . If you a concerned like i was about your child suffocating from rolling into the bumper when they sleep, this is defiantly an item to consider.

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I used one from 5 months when I put my son into his cot from his moses basket and have just removed it at 11 months because he keeps untying it and trying to eat the strings (no matter how I tie it), also he keeps squashing it down and I am really fed up keep putting it right.

Personally I doubt I will use one for any other children I have because he never needed it and has only ever played with it, he has never stuck his arms out of the cot and his legs are always in his sleeping bag.

Tiffany - posted on 09/17/2010

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I was surprised leaving the hospital the nurses told us not to use bumpers or those wedges that supposedly help prevent against SIDS. This really did surprise us as we weren't told that before and couldn't understand why they still sell them? We never had a wedge and weren't necessarily interested in them either however we did have the bumper and we still used it. I know there are those freak accidents that happen but I think almost everyone (I say almost because I don't know anyone who didn't use them but maybe some didn't) used bumpers. Anyways, it also made it more comfortable for my son who wedged himself up against the bars and in the corner. We don't use it anymore as he is 15 months, climbing, jumping etc and it's just too much to rearrange them everyday. I have never heard of this sitting up thing though but you'll know once your kid gets to a certain age when you want to remove the bumpers if you do use them. I remember thinking I'd never remove them when my son was 1 month old but, at that time even just picturing your child in those "HUGE" 9 month clothes is unreal. And then BAM they are in them and you question where your "baby" went. So it's kind of like that=)

Raquel - posted on 09/17/2010

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I think its more a decision if your comfortable with them or not. My daughter just turned a year old and she's ALWAYS had them on her bed. She's NEVER got between the bumber and the side of the crib. She's walked since 9 1/2 months and still have NEVER had a problem. But mine also tied to the sides which makes them not really move away from the side of the crib.

Claire - posted on 09/17/2010

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they say not to use them b/c you baby's head could get stuck between the bumper and the crib and suffocate or they could roll into the bumper and not be able to roll away and suffocate - that's why they started making those mesh sides to attach to cribs. I had mine in until my LO learned to roll. Then took them out for a month or so until she really learned to control the rolling - i'd test her like toss a blanket on her while playing and then she would laugh and pull it off her face. That was my test and i figured she could get herself out of most everything and then i put the bumpers back on until we switched to a toddler bed.

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I live in the Uk and have always heard that they should be removed once baby can sit up as they can remove them which may cause suffocation.

Megan - posted on 09/14/2010

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i've never heard of this. my son is 11 months old and i've always had the bumper in his crib. as long as it is secure i don't see any reason they would be unsafe. I like the bumper just because it gives him something soft to cuddle up against instead of the wood plus it keeps his arms and legs from getting stuck between the railings

Maria - posted on 09/14/2010

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I've never heard of not using them when they could sit up... I am a foster parent and we aren't allowed to use them on foster children under 6 months, but I use them on my own children. My son was waking himself up running into the side of the crib at 1.5 months old so my doctor told me to put them in...
I have heard to take them out when they can pull up so they don't use them to climb out. However, my older child had hers till she was around 18 months and I only took them out then because I was sick of them being in the way when I was changing the sheets! I did around 14 months or so, slowly start having them only on 3 sides and then 2 sides and then only along the back next to the wall. My daughter liked to lean against them.
My son does the same thing now, he rolls up to the bumper and cuddles with it!

On the sit up thing... surely they mean when they can get into a sitting position on their own, not just when they can sit when you sit them up...

Lindsey - posted on 09/14/2010

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At my daughter's 6 month check-up, my doctor told me to remove the bumper pads because she will shortly begin to start pulling herself up. However, she rolls around so much that she's always having a leg or arm sticking out the side. So I'm not sure what to do either??

Jessica - posted on 09/13/2010

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i put my sons bumpers on at 6months because he started moving around alot. untill then i used mesh bumper for airflow. I read that when i baby starts pulling themselves up they may use the bumpers as a boost, we have put his crib mattress down and i see no problems arising.

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2010

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I have heard so many different opinions about the use of crib bumpers. Some people say not to use them once they can move around in the crib & other say to START using them once they can move around. Soooo, which one is it?! I used bumpers all the way until my son was about 11 months old & then I ended up taking them out. I lowered his mattress to the lowest setting & the way his crib is designed (it has a built in changing table on one end) I wouldn't be able to tie the bumpers safely anymore. I haven't really had a problem with him sticking his arms/legs out while he's sleeping.

Amanda - posted on 09/13/2010

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well im definitly glad i didnt remove my bumpers when my son could sit up! he was sitting up on his own at 4 months and hes thrashed even more since then! haha so i think ill leave the bumpers until hes climbing out of the crib.. which as of this morning.. doesnt look like its going to take much time to figure out! haha why cant he just slow down and be a baby a little longer! :(

Sarah - posted on 09/13/2010

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i've always heard that you should remove them once they can sit up

therefore i find bed in a bags pretty stupid .. you have to remove the bumpers once they can sit up (around 6months) .. yet you can't use quilts till they are 1year .. what the hell is the point in selling them together then!

Bianca - posted on 09/13/2010

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never heard that before! the only reason ive been told not to use them is because it restricts their airflow through the cot.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2010

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my son just turned a year and he still has bumpers. has them since about 4 months old. hes always been a thrasher. thats why i keep them even now. when i go to my moms place and he sleeps in the crib there, hell have limbs hanging out between bars ect. i def feel safer with them in there and i think he sleeps better when he doesnt have to wake up and untangle himself! i think thats odd that they said that... i mean.. my son stands on them in the morning.. but hes had them so long he doesnt try and take them off or untie them.. hes just always known them to be there.. so i didnt find them a big deal :) if your not worried.. leave them. if your baby tries to take them off or eat the strings or something weird.. maybe ditch them.. but i really wouldnt worry.

Kelsey - posted on 09/12/2010

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ill still have my daughters bumper in her rip, she sits and stands up on her own. havent had any issue, never heard of that before either. what the specific reason? ive always heard not to use bumper till they can start rolling over on their own. my daughter is almost 8 months by the way.

Nikki - posted on 09/12/2010

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I have heard good things and bad, my son has always slept with bumpers and also from 8 months on a pillow he does somersault in his sleep every time i go in there he is at the other end of the crib , I never worried much bc he constantly rolled around, but if you don't feel safe with them don't use them , its for your own piece of mind

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