When did any of you mommies take out the bumper from the crib? At what age?

Michi - posted on 06/23/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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At first I had the really thick bumper that comes with the bedding sets but I switched my bumper to the breathable bumper which I felt much better about. Now my daughter is 13 months and I am wondering when is a good age to take it out. I am having our new addition in August and I would like to use it in his crib. But if I need to buy a new one I can for him.

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Jenni - posted on 06/24/2011

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I actually never used them. There are recommadations not to but it was quite awful, my son especially would always get his legs stuck inbetween the bars.
But I think it would be a good age (13 months) to think about removing them soon. They tend to start using them as leverage to hoist themselves out of the crib when they start practicing climbing. Although, it's not foolproof to stop them from spilling over the side once they learn to climb.

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Ellyn - posted on 06/27/2011

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The day it came out was the day she was moved to her crib. I left it is for decoration while she was sleeping in her bassinet in our room.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/27/2011

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My son at 7 months old started to crawl and hit his head on the crib...... it made nap times HELL as he'd keep hurting himself and never fall asleep..... so we put the bumper in. He freaking played with it and we still had issues so we took it out and are using the portable playpen now. Screw it. Bumpers are useless

Michi - posted on 06/27/2011

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Thanks for all the responses... I think I will take it out now. She can be so clumsy my little one, & just afraid of her bumping her head on the rails. But i think it is time.

Adia - posted on 06/24/2011

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I just skipped it all together. I was worried about the suffocation hazard, and honestly one less thing to wash seemed pretty good to me.
If the old bumper is in good shape why buy a new one?

Celise - posted on 06/24/2011

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I had one in but it didn't stay for very long because my son began rolling at an early age and I was really afraid of suffocation more than a broken bone it he stuck his foot or hand between the bars. The ironic thing is that after getting his limbs stuck once or twice it stopped alltogether. I guess it is similar to learning not to roll off the bed - after falling once or twice the internal mechanism kicks in to keep you on the bed.

Tara - posted on 06/24/2011

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I never used one with either of my girls as the guidelines here in Canada say that they are potential suffocation/trapping hazards. Neither girl ever seemed bothered by running into the side of the crib occasionally, so if you feel that now would be a good time to remove them from your daughter's crib, go for it.

Sharon - posted on 06/24/2011

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I'm in Australia too and never used them either. But if I did, it would probably be more for decoration, until he could roll over & move.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/24/2011

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My son is 5 years, and my daughter is 14 months. I never used a bumper because of all the horror stories I have heard. The using it as a step as Jennifer mentioned is one of the reasons why. Also, when they are babies, they can get trapped underneath. It is great that you are using a breathable mesh one...I have heard better things about those. But they just make me nervous, so I never used one. IMO, you can take it out now.

Kristy - posted on 06/24/2011

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I never put one in my childrens cot as in Australia the Sids and kids guidelines recommend not to have them in the cot to prevent suffocation. If i did have it in there though, i would of taken it out once they were rolling over.

Brandee - posted on 06/23/2011

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I put it in once he was old enough to have blankets. Now he will be 3 yo next month and it is still in his bed, mainly for decoration. It doesn't bother him, he doesn't touch or bother it. His bed is a convertible one, so when we change it from toddler to full size then the bumper won't fit anymore.

Sherri - posted on 06/23/2011

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I didn't take it out till they were done with the crib at almost 3yrs old.

Danielle - posted on 06/23/2011

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I took out the bumpers as soon as my son was pulling himself up (around 9 months). He would step on them, and I was concerned that if he were bouncing in bed, or climbing on them he could launch himself out of bed.

Stephanie - posted on 06/23/2011

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I took my daughter's bumpers out around 10 to 11 months, but I did it because she was climbing them trying to climb over, so I guess it is up to you, when you feel ready to take them out. I would say if your daughter is starting to climb them, it is probably time.

Victoria - posted on 06/23/2011

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I took it out as soon as he could roll, to prevent suffocation. I've never put it back in. Sometimes at night I can hear him hit the sides of the crib, either with his head or feet, but it doesn't wake him up. I only ever put it in because it came with the bedding, and I thought it was pretty, but I would say they are pretty much useless.

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