crib bumpers, still using it?

Liza - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Is everyone still using the crib bumper or have you removed it?
I took ours off, but I'm thinking about putting it back on simply cause he keeps dropping his paci's behind the crib.

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Chrissy - posted on 01/11/2013

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I used one with my son ( now 14 cause it wasnt a known risk at the time) even with the bumper he got his legs stuck a few times. He was never hurt, he just cried and I pushed the leg back through. He had red marks, but no bruising and was easily comforted once free. I am now expecting again and my crib set has a bumper. Knowing that they can still get their arms and legs out with the bumper that isnt a reason for me to use it.. I want it cause its just so stinking cute.
Well, with all the warnings now, I LOVE my bumper but I just dont have peace of mind about it. My solution was to put the bumper up on the outside of the rails. This way it is not a suffocation hazard and I still get the cuteness, honeslty it may be even cuter because I have the detail side facing out. It did require some pulling and stretching of the bumper since it is disigned to go on the inside, but with some altering and pulling I was able to get it up so that it looks nice. I plan to add a mesh/breathable bumper to the inside of the crib.
As for babies using them to stand up on... I dont know what kind of bumper you are using but I have never seen one strong enough to hold up even the weight of a baby, my son tried to step on his but it just squished down to the mattress as soon as he did, and he was a very small guy, even for a baby.

JENNIFER - posted on 07/27/2009

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I TOOK MINE OFF FOR 2 DAYS. MY DAUGHTERS LEG GOT CAUGHT BETWEEN THE BARS, THE VERY NEXT DAY SHE GOT HER ARM CAUGHT. BACK ON IT WENT

Vicki - posted on 07/13/2009

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http://babyproducts.about.com/od/recalls...



Why Do These Groups Recommend Against Crib Bumper Pads?
One reason child safety organizations recommend against crib bumpers is that they pose a risk of suffocation. Just like a pillow or thick blanket, crib bumper pads can restrict a baby's breathing if the bumper is up next to the baby's nose or mouth. Suffocation risk is greatest when babies are very young and unable to move themselves away from potential hazards.
Rebreathing of air is another concern with crib bumper pads. The bumper reduces the flow of fresh air around baby during sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that some infants, when they are overheated or lack sufficient oxygen during sleep, are unable to arouse themselves enough to prevent hypoxia and death. The AAP states that re-breathing of air may in fact be a contributing factor to SIDS.






Gotta say, looking at some photos, seems I have the bumper pads set up wrong. Mine doesn't come up above the mattress at all. It just serves as extra padding between the mattress and the crib, as there is a gap otherwise. :o)

Christina - posted on 07/13/2009

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YES! My son moves around such a lot at night and always has done. He gets stuck in the bars if he doesn't have one. Actually I have 3 as he gets stuck in any available bars. Mine tie at the top and bottom and tuck under the mattress so he can't get under them.

Lydia - posted on 07/13/2009

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has anyone thought about using them on the outsideof the bars so that they cant bury their face in them/get tangled in them but also still cant get limbs actually through the bars? (Just a thought I had while reading some of the posts) Just curious :)

Brandi - posted on 07/13/2009

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i still use mine. i check on him though the night. if you're really worried try a baby sleeps safe. it helped me sleep though the night because i knew he couldn't roll around. he ended up hating it after a few months because he knew it meant it was bedtime.

Lauren - posted on 07/13/2009

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They can still get tangled no matter how tight they are tied. Also, to Shelley, surely you'd rather he was sticking his legs out the cot rather than being suffocated!!

Alana - posted on 07/11/2009

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I took my son's out for two nights, as he was cuddling up to them now that he moves around so much! But they were the worst nights of both his experience and mine! Poor little man kept smacking his head on the bars when he'd flop around. So they went right back on. He sleeps better with them there, and seems to find comfort in them. My twins hated to be swaddled, but now that they can pick their positions, they both like to snuggle up to the corners of the cribs. Plus they are tied way too tight for them to get tangled.

Shelley - posted on 07/10/2009

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We took it out --dr's suggestion. But he has been sticking his legs out. We were afraid he'd roll to his tummy and then have his legs stuck out, between the rungs and not be able to turn back over if need be. So we put it back on.

Lauren - posted on 07/10/2009

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My son's legs or arms are always poking through the bars lol. I'd rather that than him getting tangled.

Becci - posted on 07/10/2009

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I just removed ours. My son kept moving around the cot and I was worried about him getting tangled in it or something. Now he just seems to get various limbs stuck through the bars lol.

Lauren - posted on 07/10/2009

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I was recommended NOT to use them at all as babies can get caught and they can cause SIDS!!

Michelle - posted on 07/08/2009

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I still use it, and probably will for a while. Eli doesn't move around much, and he's pretty strong. I just can't see him getting stuck up against it and suffocating. I know it happens...

Gabrielle - posted on 07/08/2009

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I do the same thing!! I poke my head in and she can't see me, because of the bumpers! So she often goes back to sleep or continues playing contentedly.

Crystal - posted on 07/08/2009

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I put the bumper pads up when Jayda was about 6 months (I didn't have them up earlier so she'd have more airflow in her crib at night which seems to be a good thing in regard to SIDS) and I love them. She pulls down on it and I have to reposition it but it means I can check on her without her necisarily seeing me. (means longer naps or quite play time. Always a plus) She is starting to wake up and sit up next to the side of the crib now so I don't know how much longer I'll keep them up but I think it was worth it even for just a month. (Amazing how much you can get done when they don't realize your available ;))

Gabrielle - posted on 07/08/2009

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We still use ours, but I've wondered if I should take them off. My daughter loves to prop her feet up on her bumper pad when she wakes up early from a nap. For those of you who are putting bumper pads back up because of limbs getting stuck in crib slats...well...it can still happen! When Isabelle props up her feet, sometimes she'll get her little foot stuck between the bars. I'm starting to think it really doesn't matter if we have them or not. After reading all your posts, I'm going to leave mine up (for looks).

Rose - posted on 07/04/2009

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I've just recently put my on, after 6 months of age it is considered safe because the risk of sids is very low, as soon as they start rolling around and moving usually the s.i.d.s is gone by then because they can reposition themselves to allow breathing.....not only that but at www.firstcandle.org has new research informing parents that it is not only a combination of things but also genetic as well. hope this is helpful.:)

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2009

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I'm still using mine for my 6 month old twins. I put them in/on a sleep positioner so they don't roll around! My 20 month old still has his because one night, his leg got stuck in the bars of the crib & left bruises by the time we got up the next morning. SO...the bumper pad went back on to keep his legs in!

Nicki - posted on 06/30/2009

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I never used them . . . everything I read says that they increase the risk of SIDS, so to me, it wasn't something that I even thought about purchasing. I'd rather a bump on the head now that he is moving around than SIDS!

Samantha - posted on 06/30/2009

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I still use mine but since my son started sitting up he will pull it down so i have to go in there and always fix it and he thinks its funny.

Stephanie - posted on 06/30/2009

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I still use mine. Colton hasn't ever offered to pull it off or even get tangled up in it. I keep it tied really well. I don't put him in his crib at all unless he is sleeping. He doesn't roll around while he is sleeping. He has just been scooting up toward the head of the baby bed. I just remember that when I lay him down to put him a little closer to the foot of his bed.

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I do not use the bumper pads anymore. My little guy rolls around so much that I have walked in one day to find him UNDERNEATH the pad screaming.



Needless to say that went immeditaly. I replaced the "bumper pads" with a BREATHABLE bumper that I purchased from One Step Ahead. You can see them here: http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/prod...

Bernita - posted on 06/29/2009

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Hello! :) I never used the bumpers but thinking of getting them now that my son moves around so much in his sleep. I go in his room and find his arm sticking out the side of the crib...that's scary to me.

Michelle - posted on 06/29/2009

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We still use ours. If we take it off she is hitting her head all night and then gets really upset when we try to put her back down in her crib. She moves around a lot but I'm still in the habit of checking on her all the time to make sure she doesn't have her face bunched up in it.

Lydia - posted on 06/29/2009

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I only ever used mine as a play mat as I was warned not to use them because they increase the risk of SIDS. She drops her paci and bumps her head occassionally but nothing that a quick cuddle cant fix :)

Heather - posted on 06/28/2009

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i still use it ties to the crib so he cant pull it off or get tangles in it. plus he bumps his head too much without and the binks drop on the ground and i have to go fishing for them in the middle of the night

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Babies move SO much at night. From what I've read this is where they do most of their learning for crawling and rolling. I'd be afraid that you'd come in in the morning and find him squished up against those hard bars or even bump himself and it would wake him up while sleeping.

Michelle - posted on 06/28/2009

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I still use ours, my daughter sleeps diaganal across the bed so she would bang her head if i didnt have the bumper on.

Vicki - posted on 06/28/2009

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I do still use it. My boy doesn't move around at all while he is sleeping, but there is a significant gap between the mattress and the side bars without padding.

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