Crib Bumpers?

Ruby - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I've heard that the new recommendation is to not use crib bumpers because they pose a suffocation hazard and contribute to SIDS. But some people use them so legs/arms dont get stuck. Should I take them off my registry?

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Marian - posted on 11/07/2009

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I used the breathable bumper for both my sons. Without it, they did get their legs stuck and often would take 1 or 2 hours before they could go back to sleep. It is a thin breathable mesh. Tracy...what do you think of the breathable bumpers?

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Dey - posted on 11/08/2009

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For my first baby, I used a bumber, for my second, I decided not to use one. This did not work! My daughter slept terribly, I think she felt too exposed and not protected enough, once she started moving a bit, she would hit her head on the crib bars when she lost her balance. I put on my older daughter's bumber and she's been happy ever since. I'd leave it on the registry and just in case you decide to use it.

Kathy - posted on 11/07/2009

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I have bumpers in my baby's crib BUT... she hasn't slept in it yet, shes not quite 7 weeks so shes still in the bassinet in our room and the crib is full of baby clothes and toys. Last I read they still don't know what causes SIDS, but I think I'd be more worried about suffocation than anything else. I haven't yet decided if they are staying or going when she moves in there, so far the most she moves is up from kicking when she gets really mad.

Kimberley - posted on 11/07/2009

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I am glad I decided not to put bumpers in my daughtrer's crib because she would scoot her body around and put her face into the railings (even at 3 weeks old). Even to this day (she is 8 months old) she likes to put her face into the railings. I would much rather have a baby screaming with stuck limbs than a tradegy. Every baby is different, but I am glad I decided not to put bumpers in my daughters crib. Breathable ones may be a bit better.

Cheryl - posted on 11/07/2009

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My mom, who works for the health unit and keeps up with what baby products have been recalled, really suggested me not to use crib bumpers or the bumpers you put on the side of the baby due to risk of suffocation before my son can roll over or pick up his head. But once your child can move around it is ok to use crib bumpers.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2009

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I never used bumpers with any of my kids. The odd leg has gotten stuck. They let you know pretty quick when they do. IMO it is much safer.

Karrington - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son just started sleeping in his crib (he is nine months) and I have regular bumper pads on his crib. Once the baby can move around and move things on their own then they will not suffocate themselves (they know to breath and once they can roll and move they will make sure that they can, just like they know to suckle for food). Trenton has stuffed animals and a blanket in his crib. It is however a personal decision so best of luck!

Tracy - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi. I work as a Child Safety Coordinator and SIDS Awareness is one of the topics I cover on a regular basis! The crib bumpers should be removed! They are discouraged by the AAP. NOTHING should be in the crib with the baby.
Their little legs or arms getting stuck is not nearly as bad as them suffocating by being too close to the fabric of the bumpers. If you go to the designated SIDS websites, like First Candle, you will get very accurate information there. Good luck!

Suzanne - posted on 11/05/2009

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We tried taking our off and YES my son did get his LEGS STUCK! He started screaming two times during naps an his leg was pretty bruised up because he laid diagnol and got it in there and couldn't figure out how to move to get it out. So we went with a breathable bumper pad, if his face went into it it has holes so he can still breathe but we don't have to worry about legs getting caught. Other problem with no bumper pad is when he started rolling over he kept banging his head on the polls which kept waking him. So glad we decided to get the breathable bumper pads, solved that problem.

Raina - posted on 11/05/2009

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I used a positional as well and never had any trouble. I was scared of baby getting stuck and sufficating. My son started sleeping with me when my husband left so we didn't get far enough for him to climb out. I know it isn't good to let the little one sleep with you but it was my preference and he was past the SIDS stage. Bassanettes are good ideas also.Good luck with your decition.

Jennifer - posted on 11/05/2009

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I used them for both kids and only took them off when my kids starting climbing on them.. leverage to climb out of the crib. More importantly, i would register for a mattress that fits snuggly in the crib. no spaces between matress & crib. I was able to find a squared cornered mattress instead of the typical rounded corners. Infants usually sleep in a bassinet for the first few months anyway. Once your baby can lift there head you are usually ok.. a personal preference. I used a position wedge in the crib when they were really little to provide a nesting feeling as wel as prevent to much movement..

Ruby - posted on 11/05/2009

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Yea, I've heard of the mesh ones as well. Of course they arent as pretty, but if the twins will have a problem getting stuck, maybe I'll just get those so they can still breathe of they roll up against it? I guess I'll use trial and error!

Crystal - posted on 11/05/2009

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I bought some from walmart that actually have little holes throughout the entire bumper to create an air flow they are just white but one of my friends told me that they are the best because the baby can still breath through them and they keep the arms and legs in the crib. I havent got to use them yet but I will let you know the outcome. My little one is due on the 12th

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2009

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They do recommend not to use bumpers at all because of the risk, but since my daughter didn't roll into them while she slept I had no problem with them until she was old enough to start pulling herself up on them.

Davie - posted on 11/05/2009

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i used them with both kids..and everything ive read on sids, it seems like dr's arent sure what causes it..i would leave it in...i took mine out after my baby got old enough to move around and stick his limbs out of the railing, trust me, if they get stuck your baby will let you know :)

Mary - posted on 11/05/2009

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I can't help answer this question, I am also confused my son is nearly 3 months old and stating to escape from his wrap at night, my husband found him once with his leg through the bar and I have been thinking maybe he needs one too. So I would love to hear what other people have to say on this matter.

Randi - posted on 11/05/2009

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i have used them with both of my children...and have found that when i tried to take them off that both of my children would get their legs stuck through the bars of the crib...and actually my daughter was having this problem last night and after her 4th time being up i put the bumper back on...i guess though it comes down to what you feel is best for your children...i personally didnt start sleeping my children into a crib until they were able to roll themselves around and such...and never really thought twice about there being a bumper in the crib...but like i said you have to decided what you would be most comfortable with...hope this helps

Monica - posted on 11/05/2009

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I would leave them on the registry. If you are worried about SIDS just leave them off for the first few months. Once the baby has more head control and can move on his own it isn't as much of a threat. Besides they do help to arms and legs contained, not to mention they give a little padding when baby is rolling to close the rails. Hope this helps!

Angie - posted on 11/05/2009

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A baby's arms and legs cannot get stuck in the crib if you buy a new crib. The space is too big. I don't think they are necessary so I think I'd take them off the registry - better safe than sorry.

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