Post # 1
A few questions…
1. I’d like to make the quilt for the baby’s crib instead of buying a whole set. The problem is, I have no idea what size I should make it. After looking online, it seems like no two quilts are the same dimensions. Could someone please measure their baby’s quilt?
2. I’ve read a lot re: bumpers not being a good idea. Does anyone use them? If not, any problems with baby getting hurt or stuck in the crib slats?
Post # 3
I just measured two of mine. The measurements are 33″ X 41″ and 34″ X 42″. I did round to the nearest number with this.
I also do use the bumpers, but only because she’s a newborn and can’t move around too much. Plus, we’re using a sleep positioner right now. We plan on removing the bumpers and all toys, etc. from the crib once she starts being able to move around more.
Post # 4
Please don’t use bumpers. As an RN, I can tell you that you will never forgive yourself if your baby gets wedged between the bumper and the crib.
Please don’t think it is safe to use until “she starts being able to move around more”. Ask any mom whose baby has rolled off the bed or change table-they all will say “I didn;t think she could do that yet!”
Post # 5
MightyBaby is five weeks and she can’t move a lot yet. She stays right in the center of her crib still. But I think soon she’ll be able to move a bit more. I think the crib bumper issue is a personal choice. If she’ll only be taking short naps in the crib, then I don’t think bumpers are really an issue. Ironically, the reason you use bumpers are to prevent the baby’s head from hitting the crib, but most parents remove the bumpers when their babies are old enough to move around (which is when you would need said item the most!). We bought a set with a bumper but I don’t have a crib yet, so we haven’t used it. But when MB sleeps in her bassinet in her playpen, she never moves enough to reach the sides. I think a crib bumper is more of a nesting thing for mom than a practical use item to protect baby. If you want to make one yourself, McCall’s makes a pattern set for a nursery that includes a crib bumper and crib sheet and dust ruffle.
For a crib blanket, most baby quilts are 40″ max on one side. You can make it a square (40″x40″) or you can make it rectangular (40″x34″ or 40″x30″) A crib mattress is about 52″x30″.
Post # 6
I work as a child protection worker, and one of the biggest pieces of advice we give new moms is NOT to use the bumper pads. It decreases air circulation around where the baby sleeps (no air getting through the pads) and it has been proven to increase the chances of Sidden Infant Death due to lack of airflow and circulation… plase do not use the bumper pads!! As for the infant quilt, you could always look at your crib and measure where you would want it to be, and go from there. or just go to walmart and measure the crib mattress??? Wish I could help, but no cribs or baby bedding here yet!
Post # 7
I have to reiterate what cecullaton mentioned above. An infant being stuck between the pad is only one of the threats of bumper pads, so a lot of parents think that as long as their infants aren’t moving around there is no problem.
An equally serious threat is the fact that bumper pads really decrease the amount of air flow going to the baby, and significantly increases the risk of SIDS.
But, like everything else, it is personal preference.
Post # 8
Thanks, everyone! Superstitions, you’re awesome for measuring. 🙂 As for the bumpers, I hadn’t heard anything about restricted airflow. I was just assuming they were discouraged because the baby could get wedged (similarly to why soft mattresses, cushy blankets were discouraged). Thanks so much for the info!
Post # 9
What about those thin breathable bumper pads? I’ve only seen them online (no babies yet) so I don’t know much about them.
Are they worth it or are you better going without one at all?
I found a picture online.
Post # 10
most people I know have used bumper pads but I am torn on what to do. Think I will ask our peditrician for an opinion but am leaning towards not using one…
a lot of people like them so the baby won’t bang themselves on the crib rails – so not really sure how much the breathable ones help with that. I suppose they could keep a limb from getting stuck between the bars thought…..I would either use a regular one or not use one at all I think.
Post # 11
I had never heard of any of these things about the bumper pads! I had bumpers in my daughters crib since the day she was born, but the first 3 months she either slept with me or in her bassinett next to my bed. At 3 months she started sleeping in her crib with bumper pads and now she is 14 months still sleeping with them and ive never had a problem! if anything it helps bc she is a crazyyyy sleeper and wont hit her head against the side.