Crib safety

Erin - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We are trying to move the baby from the co-sleeper to his crib but are having major reservations. He's on the move and we are frightened that he will bang his head on the side of his crib. Any suggestions on how to combat that?? We have bumpers but they are not high enough.

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Anne - posted on 12/28/2012

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There is a product out there called Wonder Bumpers that could solve your problem. They are pads that zip up the crib bar and totally protect your infant from banging there heads or getting their limbs caught in the crib bars. I love mine! They look awesome.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2010

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Our son has been in a crib since birth (well toddler bed now). He is a VERY active child/baby and didn't hurt himself once in the crib. He started to crawl at 4 months, and I think that's when we put blankets in for him. We gave him a pillow once he moved to a toddler bed for safety reasons. We also put a few toys in there for him once he was 4 months as well for teething reasons, etc.

We were looking at his crib/toddler bed the other day and it has really taken a beating! Our son was never able to hit himself so hard in his crib that he hurt himself.

Sue - posted on 01/06/2010

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He probably will to start with but as he gets used to the size etc it should get better. My first used to bang her head on purpose at the top of the cot so we tied towels around the bars(very securely) and this stopped her from hurting herself too much. I think they all do it to start with. If he is really mobile a sleeping bag may help stop him from trying to climb out. It worked really well for my two. There are so many different one's on the market now so there are lots to choose from. Hope that helps.
Saying that though my youngest did climb out of her cot(when she didn't have the sleeping bag on) when she just turned two and then it was straight to a big bed(with a rail) as it just scared us way too much.

C. - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son was on the move from the beginning.. Non-stop all the time. At about 1 1/2- 2 months he would always scoot from one end of the bassinet to the other (one time he scooted himself out of his baby gown! That was priceless..) But when we moved him into the crib, we used the crib bumpers that came with his bedding. Now, we had a crib that the corner spindles were too big on the bottom, so we had to tie the bumper right above it. That gave us about an inch and a half or so of open room, so if he got his face over to the edge he could breathe just fine. Just luck with that one I guess.. Now, if you're worried about the bumpers, they have breathable bumpers. They aren't padded, they are just a mesh lining that you put around the bottom near the mattress. That won't really do anything about him bumping his head though..



How are your bumpers not high enough, if I may ask??

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My daughter is 8 months and is all over her crib when she's sleeping. I don't leave her in there very long when she's awake and she's never injured herself that way. I don't use crib bumpers either. I guess I never thought of that being an issue.

Erin - posted on 01/05/2010

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Yeah...I can't sew. I'm hoping to purchase something. Wondering if there's something out there. Thanks for your feed back!

Krista - posted on 01/05/2010

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Mine is almost 5 months, so he's likely not as mobile as your little guy. Hm...let me think about it. I'm sure other mothers must have had this dilemma. Do you sew at all? I'm wondering maybe if you cut up a blanket, each piece the length of the side of the crib you want to cover, and about as high as you wish, and securely sewed ties to each corner, and it would act as an extra-tall crib bumper...you could weave the blanket through every third crib rail to keep it from falling into the crib if it gets untied?

Does he hit himself hard enough that he cries?

Erin - posted on 01/05/2010

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How old is your baby?? This child moves!! He is only 6 1/2 months but it scares us. Not so worried about the sleeping, just when he's awake.

Krista - posted on 01/05/2010

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From everything I've read, a baby can't really generate enough force to physically damage themselves even if they do bump their head on the side of the crib. Mine gives himself a little clonk every so often, but it always sounds a lot worse than it actually is -- he doesn't even wake himself up, let alone cry over it.

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