Need help about putting bumpers in his crib

Dariela - posted on 12/01/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My son is 4 months old and he moves a lot and every night he wakes up crying cuz he keep bumping his head on the crib and rolls sometime to the point where he hits his head and its make me very tired to the point where i cant stay awake during the day and i lay on the floor with him with a blanket and sleep, and when you look at his head there will be red marks n bumps. My hubby and I just brought a house so we are in the mist of moving and since am a Stay At Home Mom-sahm, i do the packing and etc and i get too tired to do anything and coffee is starting to not work, plus my son is teething but i know its not his teeth cuz i put baby orajel and give him med for his mild fever. THE QUESTION IS: SHOULD I PUT HIS BUMPER BACK IN THE CRIB SO HE CAN STOP BUMPING HIS HEAD.

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Krista - posted on 12/05/2010

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Between 1987 and 2001, 23 incidents involving bumper pads were reported to Health Canada, including one strangulation death, one suffocation death, and three near-suffocation occurrences.

The presence of bumper pads in a crib may also be a contributing factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). These products may reduce the flow of oxygen rich air to the infant in the crib. Furthermore, proposed theories indicate that the rebreathing of carbon dioxide plays a role in the occurrence of SIDS.1

The Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Institute of Child Health, and the Canadian Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths have also issued statements advising against the use of bumper pads.
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However, when used correctly, bumper pads should not protect infants from bumping against the sides of a crib or from having limbs become entrapped between the slats of the crib. This is because bumper pads are supposed to be removed from the crib by the time that the infant is able to roll over and sit up unaided (a development milestone normally reached between 4 and 8 months of age), which represents the same time frame in which it is expected that the infant would be able to move over and approach the side of the crib.

(It must also be noted that, for the most part, infants do not sustain major injuries from banging their heads against the sides of their cribs because they are incapable of generating enough force to seriously injure themselves through head banging. The frontal bone, which is the part of the head most frequently struck during crib head banging, is the thickest bone in the body and therefore, is capable of absorbing the shock associated with this type of behaviour.

It should also be noted that it remains possible for an infant to entrap his or her limbs over or under the bumper pads and that infant limb entrapment [between the slats of a crib], in the vast majority of cases, results in no injury or minor injury, such as bruising.)

In summary, aesthetic value, the risk of limb entrapment, and the risk of a child hitting their head against the side of their crib are overshadowed by the hazards of entanglement, entrapment, strangulation, and suffocation (potentially leading to death) that children are exposed to through the use of bumper pads.
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I know it's frustrating that he's waking himself up, but he WILL eventually get to the point where he gets better at subconsciously knowing the dimensions of his crib, and won't be bumping his head NEARLY as often.

If you still feel that you MUST use crib bumpers, then definitely use the breathable mesh ones instead of the regular ones, and try weaving them in and out of every third crib rail or so. This will keep it from falling on top of your child if the rail ties come undone.

Colette - posted on 12/06/2010

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Sounds like your little one is a wiggly worm. I have a 9 year old and 5 year old - I tried bumpers with both of them and they both managed to get under that bumper - no matter how I tucked it in. I agree with a couple posts on here. Either try a smaller bed or a pack and play. You could also roll up a few receiving blankets into a long snake and put them along the edge - might help. I wouldn't use the bumpers when they are so active - too scary

Dana - posted on 12/05/2010

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I would not put a bumper in his crib. Trying to reduce the chance of suffocation by trying tricks isn't good enough in my book, they're still a chance of suffocation with it in there. Tucking it down does nothing different, I might add.

Katherine - posted on 12/05/2010

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What about the breathable ones? They have padding and at least you know they're safe.

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Jenifer - posted on 01/14/2012

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I found the breathable bumpers very helpful... my little man would constantly stick his arms and legs out and was not able to get them back in.

Sadie - posted on 12/07/2010

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I'm sorry I have to say I don't like bumpers, as a midwife we strongly feel they shouldn't be used as it is about restricting oxygen to baby, not so much about strangulation. I have had 3 kids and they have all moved around the cot alot, have found them sleeping in bizarre positions but they all slept well.
As a Mum you know what you are happy to do and what is going to make your life easier. Big picture you need sleep, you don't need peoples approval, think about it and do what works for you.

Stacy - posted on 12/07/2010

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They have bumpers that cover each crib slat kind of expensive but that would solve the issue of padding crib bars without safety issue u could try making yourself doesn't look to complicated

Terra - posted on 12/07/2010

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I say put them back in. It's better than you and the child both suffering from no sleep. People have used them for years. Yes, children have suffocated with them but your child could just as easily suffocate while sleeping with you or doing lots of other things. I used them with both of my children.

Katherine - posted on 12/05/2010

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I completely agree with Dana. The risks outweigh the benefits IMO.

Katherine - posted on 12/05/2010

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Now thankfully, they make cribs with slats that are closer together to prevent that. At least I've seen them at Ikea.

Caitlin - posted on 12/05/2010

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yes i would put them back on . I did when my son was sleeping and one night he woke up in pain because his foot was through the bars.

Sherri - posted on 12/04/2010

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So Katherine we are aware he is 4mo's. There is such a slight change of anything happening. As long as they are used correctly your baby will be fine.

Look at the statistics only 27 babies in over 20yrs suffered consequences from strangulation on a crib bumper. I would say that is pretty safe in my book.

Sherri - posted on 12/04/2010

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I used bumpers for all three of mine and I would definitely put the bumper back in.

Faith - posted on 12/04/2010

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Maybe you should try a smaller bed?



My baby really needs to know exactly where the edges are and rolls from one side to the other until she's positive before she falls asleep. She loved to be swaddled really tightly when she was little and she slept in a moses basket, then a bassinet before she moved to the crib at about five months of age. I have bumpers in her crib now, simply because it keeps the pacifiers, bottles and toys from falling out and getting lost. But she's more than a year old and I didn't add the bumpers until after I dropped the crib to the lower setting when she learned to stand.

Edyta - posted on 12/04/2010

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I used bumper for my 4 year old and now I'm using it again with my 18 month old. Just make sure to tuck it down beside the mattress.

Katherine - posted on 12/04/2010

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NO!!!!!!!! Breathable Bumpers, they have padding on them. He could suffocate or strangle. PLEASE DO NOT put those bumpers back in the crib.

Charlene - posted on 12/04/2010

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Try a breathable bumper or those individual ones that just go around each rail.

Olesya - posted on 12/04/2010

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Try a breathable bumpers, they might not be as soft, but better then hitting a crib, and if you plan on more kids they are safe for babies. Look at BabiesRUs. Good luck

Suzanne - posted on 12/04/2010

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I have a 20 month old son and I have used his bumpers from day one. He always sleep with his head up against the bed maybe for comfort reasons I dont know but I agree with the other moms...I tucked it down beside the mattress and we have had not issues. :)

Lynn - posted on 12/02/2010

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Bumpers have been reported to not be safe, what about tryn a pack n play, they are soft sided.....

Jessica - posted on 12/02/2010

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I did what michelle suggested once and it worked. My daughter moves all over the place because it takes her awhile to fall asleep. Every night I put her in the middle of her crib, every morning I find her snuggled up in the very corner right up against the crib rails lol

Michelle - posted on 12/02/2010

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I would definitley put the bumper back in. I know you said he moves alot but maybe you can try to layhim on his side and roll a little blanket up and stick it behind his back. It might control and help with the moving. I did it for my son. Good Luck!!

Momma - posted on 12/02/2010

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I would put it back in. But kinda tuck part of it in between the crib and the mattress to help reduce the chance of suffocation.

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