can crib bumpers be a suffocation hazard?

Cori - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




i was told by a nurse to take my babies bumpers out of his crib. i love this nurse, she is my new parent support program nurse on base, and she does in home visits and saw that my almost 5 month old son rolls to the side of his crib when he is sleeping and sometimes is face into the bumper and told me this could be a suffocation hazzard and to take them out.. then i worry about his hands/feet getting out and getting hurt that way? i dont know what to do and could really use some help with this one


Gabrielle - posted on 04/15/2009




I think the current recommendation on bumpers is - we don't know. Some people think they could be a suffocation hazard. So now they're marketing "breatheable bumpers." Some people think they're no big deal and good for protecting heads and limbs against the slats. We never used them and while I found arms and legs sticking out sometimes, my DD never hurt herself. I guess my thoughts are, I can live with a tweaked limb, but not with suffocation or SIDS.

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Anne - posted on 03/05/2013




Crib bumpers can certainly be a suffocation hazard. There have actually been infant deaths due to being suffocated by crib bumpers. On the other hand, if you take the bumpers off infants may be injured by the crib bars. I use Wonder Bumpers because they are simple and beautiful. They are pads that zip up the crib bars. They protect your infant from suffocation and crib injuries. They are sold by a company called Go Mama Go Designs. I am a big advocate of banning crib bumpers, I have done a lot of research on the topic. If anybody can take two seconds of there day and sign this petition to ban the sale of crib bumpers it would be for a good cause. Thanks!

Cori - posted on 04/15/2009




thank you everyone for the great feedback, we went out today and bought a breathable bumper, i would have never known about them had it not been for this circle of moms! thank you so much from brandon and i!

Christine - posted on 04/15/2009




I started off with out any bumpers in the crib but my daughter turned out to be a limb hanger so I bought the breathable mess bumpers and they worked great.

Dawn - posted on 04/15/2009




I also have the "breathable" mesh bumpers.  In fact, I just got them about a week ago.  I had dutifully taken out the "regular" bumpers when my daughter was 4 or 5 months old...and her legs KEPT getting stuck.  I didn't have the legs stuck problem with either of my older two, but with this one it started becoming a daily thing and problematic--not that she sustained any real damage, but it meant I had to go rescue her a lot in the middle of the night.  The mesh bumpers solved it.  I think it was around $25 or $30 at Babies-R-Us.  Good luck!

Julie - posted on 04/15/2009




I bought the "breathable bumpers" for my son. They are a thick mesh, so even if he gets his face up against it, it won't impede his breathing. My son is 6 1/2 months now, and I already took the bumpers off, because he was hooking his legs and arms over the top and getting mad when he got stuck.

Jeanne - posted on 04/15/2009




I took the bumpers out of both of my kids cribs until they could roll over on their own.  I was told by my pediatrician that once they can roll over by themselves, if they feel that their breathing is impeded, they will roll over on their own, much like we do.  If you are worried about it, ask your pediatrician as's better off safe than sorry.  I only put the bumpers on my son's crib once he was seven months old and was sticking his arms and legs through the bars.  Don't forget that once they can pull themselves up in the crib, you must remove the bumpers again because they can use it to climb out of the crib.  Good luck.

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