Do you use dumper pads in your crib and what's really the point of them?

Brittany - posted on 04/20/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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So my baby has flipped from back to tummy twice this week in his crib and I'm becoming worried about him and the bumper pads because he's to long to put in the crib vertical. I just want my little guy to be safe. So what are bumper pads even for? Would you take it out if you were in my situation? I'm just worried he's going to flip over and die of sids with his face in the bumper pad! Thanks.

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Stacy - posted on 04/25/2011

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We use a "breathable" bumper pad so if baby does rolling into it, they can still breath. I like having a bumper on the crib so arms/legs don't get stuck in the slats of the crib. It happened to our son and it was very painful for him. You can buy the breathable bumpers at Target or BRU or online for around $25 in a multitude of colors.

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Constance - posted on 04/25/2011

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It helps keep him from bumping his head into the bars when he scoots. You will find him head first in the corner but he will be fine it is just how baby move. He won't suffocate though.

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I do not use them although I have them. They aren't considered safe anymore. I think they keep baby from getting a limb stuck between bars but it has never happened to my kids. I would just take them out. They have a thing called breathable bumpers if u feel they are neccessary. These ones are made of mesh so no suffocation worry.

Connie - posted on 04/21/2011

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Bumper pads were originally designed to prevent injury to infants, i.e. bonking heads, getting arms and legs stuck, etc. It's currently under great debate right now.

I will be using a bumper in Desmond's crib when he finally gets moved in there, but it will be tucked in between the edges of the mattress and the bars, so he can't get stuck between them. I'm also considering the new mesh ones that are out, which will prevent most of the injuries, but is a breathable mesh, so if he gets stuck he can still breathe.

Or, by the time we decide he needs to go to his own room, I may not use them at all. His crib at daycare doesn't have them, and nothing detrimental has happened (and they are regulated by the federal government for safety).

So it's up to you. They aren't a requirement anymore.

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