Crib bumpers

Chelsea - posted on 03/13/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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How does everyone feel about using crib bumpers? I have read half and half on them! Some people say use them, others say take them out! We kept our's in our daughter's crib until she was 5 months old, and the only reason we took it out is I was washing her bedding that day and decided to just leave it out! She's 7 months, so I know her risk of SIDS is not so high anymore, and I'm thinking I'd like to put it back in! She is constantly throwing her pacifier out of the crib now that the bumper is out, and she also got her legs through the slats the other day! I didn't see it, but my husband said it was sad (lol, dad's and their little girls!) because she was crying since she didn't know how to get her legs back out!

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Jaclyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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I had my daughters out for awhile but put them back in recently because she moves around so much and was waking up because she was stuck. So i say use them if you need them now. I never had that problem with my son who is now 5 so its a big change to me

Holly - posted on 03/16/2009

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I was told, by a NICU nurse, that bumpers are really just a waste of money and the only purpose they have is to look pretty. She said that bumpers can restrict the airflow and/or cause the air inside the crib to be stuffy so they shouldn't be in their with an infant. When a baby starts to roll they might rool face first into them and not be able to roll out properly thus once gain restricting airflow. She mentioned the only time they are really ok is when a child can roll over both ways consistantly. But when the can crawl, scoot or pull-to-stand they can use them as leveraage to get out of the crib or climb over them and get stuck between the bumper and crib. lol. We never put bumpers in the crib for either of my kids. As for blankets my kids have always had them on a nite time. The doctor told me to just put the blankets underneath the armpits so that they were less likely to be pulled up. Both of my children loved to have the blankets on their face when they sleep and didn't pull them up until they could move around.

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2009

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I have used bumpers for both my kids (my daughter still has them in her crib). I have also always used blankets. The bumpers I took out of my sons crib once he was tall enough that he could use the bumpers to climb. As far as the blanket my son never kept a blanket on him and I would always go in and put it back on him once he was sleeping but it would be off again by morning. He is all over the place at night. When I put a blanket on my daughter at night it usually ends up over her face. This is how she likes to fall asleep. At first it freaked me out but I just go in after she is asleep and pull it away. I think you should do what ever you think is right for you and your daughter. Good Luck!!! :)

Julie - posted on 03/16/2009

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Using or not using a bumper may or may not prevent SIDS, but frankly they have no idea what DOES cause SIDS so all of these things that are said to decrease the risk are just precautions. REalistically, no one knows and there is no right or wrong time to use bumpers. Though, I agree with taking it out after the baby can pull herself up. My6mo old pulls herself up all the time and uses the bumper to stand taller. If it wasn't for her height (she's a shortie) I'd be worried.



As for the blanket thing, one again, the SIDS comment above covers this. Both of my daughters used a blanket since the day they were born and alas, they are still here. Use your best judgement. It's YOUR child and you need to make decisions that are best for YOU and YOUR child.

Kristy - posted on 03/16/2009

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We still have our bimper in and my son is 7 months old. He likes to scoot himself all the way to the edge and sleep as well. As for blankets, My son has a blanket over him for probably 6 months now. he never liked being swaddled!! so i ha to cover him somehow. but my son was very stong and lefting his head up the day he was born. he was born at 9.9 lbs

Chelsea - posted on 03/15/2009

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I think I'm going to put Tatem's back in her crib... I washed it yesterday and I am just waiting until I get a chance do so! lol! Do you all let your babies nap with blankets? Sometimes during the day I let Tatem if it's chilly in her room, but we don't let her at night since we can't keep an eye on her.

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We just put ours in for the first time this weekend. I went in there almost half a dozen times and there was either an arm or a leg in between the slats.

Ellen - posted on 03/15/2009

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I keep them in because my little one gets himself stuck inbetween the slats as well. He also likes to roll around a lot in the middle of the night and I can hear him bashing his head. I cant imagine how much more it might hurt without them. I am not worried so much about SIDS as I am about self inflicted injury.

Lauren - posted on 03/15/2009

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I still have mine in.  I asked my doctor about it at our 6 month appointment and she said it was fine.

Loni - posted on 03/13/2009

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The nurse had told me not to use it because of the risk and we thought we might as well not. It doesn't hurt nor harm. Our kid throws his soother too and I don't think having a bumper is going to stop him, it may motivate! And I think that goes for getting limbs stuck too... I think it's a personal choice.

Leann - posted on 03/13/2009

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I'm keeping it in til he can pull himself up. Then I'll take it out so he can't use it to stand on and climb out of his crib. Plus he likes to scoot all the way to the edge while he's sleeping and puts his head against it and I think it feels better than the slats would on his head.

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