(Closed) Crib Bumpers: A hazard?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve heard that too. What I’ve read has suggested that you remove the crib bumper once your child learns to roll over and especially once it can start pulling itself up and climbing so that it can’t use that as a step to help climb out of the crib. That being said, as a nanny the baby I used to take care of had a crib bumper and it never would have been able to assist him in climbing out of the crib. it just sqooshed down when he stepped on it. His parents knew that they should probably take the bumper off once he started rolling over, but they were more worried about him getting his hand or foot caught between the bars. He did manage to get his foot stuck a couple of times even with the bumper (not super stuck that it needed butter or oil to get out or anything, babies just aren’t very coordinated). I think it would be a personal decision.

Post # 4
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve always used them without any problems. I wouldn’t use an older one like from back in the days…but buy a new one that fits firmly against the crib, and I’m sure you know this, but always use the new updated cribs with the smaller openings or no openings a all 🙂

Joeswifey is right though, once they start pulling themselves up or rolling around you can remove it.

Post # 5
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Crib bumpers are hazards the same way soft bedding, pillows, stuffed animals, etc… in the crib are hazards.  Newborns could potentially roll into a soft surface and suffocate because they don’t have the control to move their heads.  Also, older babies can use crib bumbers as a step/ladder for getting out of their crib or leaning/falling out of the crib. 

A common use of crib bumpers is to “block” the gaps between crib slats, so babies don’t get their limbs stuck in between.  If this is your concern, you can buy a breathable bumper (like this one) that allows babies to breathe even if they roll into it.  I think that we’ll probably just skip a bumper all together, both for safety reasons and because our baby will probably be in a co-sleeper for the first months-year of its life anyway. 

Post # 6
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Some people think that having crib bumpers increases your child’s risk of SIDS because it decreases airflow in the crib.  You can mitigate that by only placing the bumpers on three sides of the crib.  Some crib bumpers don’t come with tie downs to attach them to the crib rails.  THOSE are the dangerous ones because they can fall on the baby and possibly suffocate them.  I have a crib set with bumpers and I’ll be using all four bumpers tied to the rails in three places.  If I think there aren’t enough ties, I’ll just sew on more.

Post # 7
7349 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did not use them for my daughter, I didn’t think they were necessary.

Post # 8
4024 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I always used one, and am really glad I did. My son rolled around a lot and I’m glad his head bumped the bumper and not just the bars of the crib.

Post # 9
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’ve heard this too and am conflicted on whether to use one or not; I think they are included with most crib sets, and are adorable.  However, I dont’ want to put my baby at risk and have heard that the SIDS risk increases, etc.  I think I am going to ask friends’ what they did as well…

Post # 10
626 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t use one because of the increased risk of SIDS.  I wasn’t crazy worried about it but I figured it wasn’t worth the money to put something risky in her crib. 

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the breathable bumpers.  some people love them and some people hate them.  They sell them at Babies R Us though for like $20.  The colors are kind of limited too.

Post # 11
3587 posts
Sugar bee

What Mightysapphire said-SIDS.

I had to take a class for it, although I teach Pre-K, and that was one of the things they say not to have in the cribs, along with blankets and stuff animals. Just put the baby in a sleeping blanket suit thingie (I’m not a mom yet, so I don’t knwo the name of it,lol)

Post # 12
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Here’s an interesting link from Health Canada that outlines the risks associated with using a bumper pad and the ways to reduce risk if you do use one.

Post # 13
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I work in NICU and teach some baby care classes on the side. Bumper pads are not recommended due to the increased risk of SIDS.

This is because they offer a risk of suffocation if the baby rolls up against them, and also there is concern that it limits the loss of CO2 from the crib, which *could* cause a build-up of C02 inside the crib.

Leaving one side open can increase air flow, but the baby would still be at risk of suffocation once they begin to learn how to roll.

Bumper pads are cute, but not worth the risk In My Humble Opinion.

The best sleep set-up is to have the crib mattress, with a fitted sheet over it, and to bundle the baby in 1-2 blankets, with a thinner knit blanket over the bundled baby.

Your baby will not generate enough force rolling to injure themselves against the side of the crib, and the bumper pads can actually increase the risk of a hand or foot being caught in between the rails, as it adds another obstacle to removing the hand or foot from between the rails.

Post # 15
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve heard of some creative ways to use the bumper that comes with most bedding sets without putting it on the crib.  Some people use it as a valance to hang over the window.  Or, I’ve heard of people cutting the bumper into squares and hanging them with ribbon for wall art.  I think both of those are really cute ideas!

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