Bumper pads? Yes? No?

Brandi - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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What does everyone think about having bumper pads in the crib? We were told at our prenatal class not to put them in because the baby can roll into them and suffocate. This makes total sense to me however my daughter (who is 6 months old) keeps moving around and sticking her legs and/or arm between the slats and I'm worried she's going to fall asleep like that, try to roll over and hurt herself. I'm thinking the bumper pads may prevent this but I'm torn on what to do!?!

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Sara - posted on 08/27/2010

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I'm not a fan of the bumper pads. I think they can cause more injury than they could prevent. I had a friend who used them and her daughter, when she started to pull up and stand, used them as a step stool to throw herself over the edge of the crib. I think there's only a small window where you can use them safely. I personally don't think your kid is going to hurt themselves by moving around in their crib, so if I were you I'd just leave well enough alone. But that's just my opinion.

Marcia - posted on 08/27/2010

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i was told by my post partum nurse the reason behind not using bumper pads it is restricts air movement in the crib and can cause sids... so i haven't used them yet they say once they can move around on their own your ok to use bumper pads. my boys not moving close to the rails yet to worry but i would say if she's moving around you can use them... we also use a fan in the room for air movement so you might try that if your worried about sids

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We never used one with our daughter as I live by the would rather be safe then sorry rule. I was told it could suffocate them, etc... and figured a couple of bumps, etc.. wouldn't hurt her. She is 11.5 months and never had an issue. She stuck her leg and arm out a couple of times, never hurt herself just scared herself a little. It really just depends what you feel safest with!

Alyssa - posted on 08/27/2010

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I sewed my own bumper pads for my son and they've been in his crib since the day he was born. Not only are they made from regular cotton fabric but there's a thick layer of batting in between! How's that for the scientific studies. If you think about it, a newborn can't move or roll over at all. So there's not issue at that stage in life. Once they start to gain more control over their muscles, they'll start to pick their head up but they still don't MOVE. After that they'll start rolling over. Children are not stupid. IF they're having trouble breathing, they're going to do something about it.
I never once had a problem nor feared a problem with the bumper pads. There was ONE night my son slept in his crib without them after he had started crawling and we woke up to him screaming at 6am because his legs were caught between the bars. Not only will they stay in the crib (he likes to sleep with his head butted up next to the bars) but they will stay in the crib for the next baby. I slept in a crib with bumper pads, my sister did and my mom did... I'm pretty sure we're still alive and breathing today.
But, like others have said, its entirely up to you. Do what YOU feels right. You can't let others tell you how to raise your children.

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Snow - posted on 06/12/2015

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I decided not to go with them. My rationale was that I would prefer for her to get a few minor bumps or scratches, as opposed to possibly suffocating in her crib or falling as she is trying to climb out. To me, it just wasn't worth the risk; in fact, it didn't take her long to begin being more careful.

Courtney - posted on 08/30/2010

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Personal preference. I have bumper pads in my daughters crib, have since she was born and we've had no issues with them. I do rememeber before pads when I my brother was a baby he got his head stuck in between the slats. lol guess back then bumper pads could have prevented that.
I think stats are bogus! So many things are good this year but terrible the next. Do what you feel is good for your baby and pay attention to how they respond. I think once they start rolling all over it's a lost cause to try and make them sleep any certain way becuase they'll just roll over where they want. And if you're concerned with bumper pads then blankets would be a no then too cause they could suffocate in the blanket when they roll over or adjust in their sleep. If you're worried check on them periodically.

Michelle - posted on 08/30/2010

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I alawys used bumper pads for all 5 of my girls. If baby can roll around then they should be fine.i had the same thought as you. i was worried that they would get hurt.

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2010

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My mom used them on me and she has pictures of my legs thru the bars under the pads. So there were pads but I still got my legs in the middle of the bars. Im going to use them with my duaghter when she comes. I was fine with them and I think she will be too.

Eileen - posted on 08/29/2010

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May I also add in that they do sleep on their backs. I know your child is 6 months old and over this, but a friend recently lost her 2 month old due to suffocation because he rolled to his stomach.

I forgot about the Halo Sacs. Those are good too.

Brittany - posted on 08/29/2010

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i would go with your own instinct or what the prenatal class told you! I used bumperpads with my son and didnt have a problem but everyone is different :)

Karen - posted on 08/29/2010

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my little guy started getting his legs stuck in his crib when he started moving around and he would have bruises and wake up screaming because he couldn't get them out. we use the mesh bumpers now , i think they're wonderful

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2010

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Not only is there the risk of suffocation, but they reduce the fresh air flow. Rebreathing of stale air is a SIDS risk. It's safest not to use bumpers. We use Halo sleepsacks, which besides being a safe alternative to loose blankets and a blanket that can't get kicked off, it also prevents legs from getting caught between the rails.

Eileen - posted on 08/28/2010

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No bumper pads. If you've ever seen a kid a few months old pull one of those things clear out of it's spot and get their head caught in it, you'll never buy them.

They do make this mesh padding think that I did use. My kids got their legs through the bars and both banged their heads on the rails I had to do something. I tried it for myself as far as the suffocation - I could breathe through it.

It comes in different colors, and it has a satin top and bottom edge.
Try this: http://www.amazon.com/Breathablebaby-Bre...
I got it at babies r us.

The photo doesn't show the way I did it...I weaved it through every rail in and out. I didn't want gaps where baby could get entangled.

Hope it works for you!!

Jessica - posted on 08/28/2010

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I was a bumper for all 3 of my kids and never had a problem ... I think they are good when the child starts rolling over, my daugther is always bumping her head on the crib when she rolls over.

Jillian - posted on 08/28/2010

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I didn't use mine until she could roll. After that, she would get her leg or arm stuck thru the slats, so we put it on there for that reason. She never had any problems with it.

Andrea - posted on 08/28/2010

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I don't use them. I'd rather my son not become a statistic. Just because only 27 children died from bumper pad usage, doesn't mean anything. How many children were studied? They didn't say. There were also 25 non fatal injuries to children in that study. They also found hazardous features in 22 different bumper pads.

Barbara - posted on 08/28/2010

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My daughter is now 22 years old. I used bumper pads, I tightly secured it top and bottom (that was fun especially since only the bottom had the ties, I had to sew on extra ties ). I put her in the drawstring nighty's that looked like potatoe sacks but cute and kept her warm, the string tied in a nice bow at her feet and she had a light breathable balnket. Like I said she is 22 now.

I have heard horrible stories of deaths of babies who got stuck face down with leg or arm in the rails and suffocated from their inability to adjust their position (they had no bumper pad). I think it will come down to what you feel safest with.

Charlie - posted on 08/27/2010

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Dont like them and never used them if i did i would be using the mesh ones Amy suggested .

Iridescent - posted on 08/27/2010

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They make mesh pads which are not a suffocation or strangling risk, and don't prevent air flow in any way, but do prevent limbs from getting trapped in crib rails. There are many examples. http://www.nextag.com/breathable-bumper-... - these are all only going partially up the rail. The type we got goes all the way up. http://www.amazon.com/BreathableBaby-Cri... There are also these - http://www.mom4life.com/catalog.php?item... - which pad each individual slat and aren't a risk for any of the listed reasons.

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Also, they tell you not to use them when they can get up as they can climb them and push themselves out of the crib, so you need to take them out when they are there or close!

Alison - posted on 08/27/2010

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I never bothered with bumper pads. I think there was one occasion where each of my two children had a limb stuck between the slats. They cried until I came to help them out. For one occasion in two years, it's hardly worth it to me. Do whatever helps YOU to sleep best at night!

Nicole - posted on 08/27/2010

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definately use them! I would be worried about her little feet getting caught inbetween the bars

Rachael - posted on 08/27/2010

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I used them for my son when he was little, but I also had an angel care monitor and put him to sleep in the center of the bed. When he started to squirm around in his sleep I took the pads out. Next baby I am not even certain if I would purchase them for another baby...they certainly looks cute though. My biggest issue with them is once the child can pull to stand and could use bumpers as a step. if you want them and are concerned about suffocation they make a breathable bumper...not much cushioning but the slats of the crib are covered.

Sherri - posted on 08/27/2010

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I think they are pretty safe if only 27 kids in 20yrs had issues related to them. Just my opinion though.

A study from Washington University in St. Louis (PDF) looked at infant deaths attributed to crib bumpers from 1985 to 2005 and found that 27 children under the age of 2 died due to strangulation or suffocation by bumper pads or their ties.

Carla - posted on 08/27/2010

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NO NO NO..May be linked to SIDS, and one issue is keeping the crib with a good air flow and not rebreathing CO2. There is a reason bumper pads are not allowed in day care centers.

Sherri - posted on 08/27/2010

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We used them with all three of my kids. I was told they were fine to use as long as they were secure.

Morgan - posted on 08/27/2010

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its so funny how everyone gives a diffrent story,
our health nurse told us that they are not recomended because of "air flow"
I ve had mine on my daughters crib since day one and I ve never had any issues :)

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It makes sense when they are small and can't really move, but once they get over, especially if your baby moves around alot in their sleep, it's probably fine to have one. We used an airflow bumper from the time our son was about 3 months until he was about 7 months, and then we switched to a regular bumper. he's still ok

Kari - posted on 08/27/2010

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I used them with both of my boys from the time they were born. I never had any problem with them.They do make breathables one too. They are like mesh.

Joan - posted on 08/27/2010

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i would say if she is able to roll over by herself it is probably ok to use them i think the concern may be more for babies who don't move on their own.

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