(Closed) Did you use a crib bumper? A traditional cute one or a breathable one?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What type of crib bumper did you/will you use?
    Tradtional super cute bumper : (13 votes)
    48 %
    Breathable bumper : (0 votes)
    No bumper : (13 votes)
    48 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Babies don’t need bumpers, period. The spaces between the bars are designed so thay can’t get their heads stuck, not the arms and legs. The spaces are much too wide for the arms or legs.

    Please listen to the research and don’t use a bumper. Just think how you’d feel if anything happened to your baby. Whether it was related to the bumpers or not, you would never forgive yourself.

    Post # 6
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    As a mother, I looked at the cases and the risk and decided it was ok.  We have a crib set that includes the traditional bumper.

    I also sewed a bumper for her changing table, as she often stuck her arms and legs in there when I was changing her.

    We primarily use her crib for napping, and are only now (at 5 months) transitioning into using it for night sleep.  I felt that the risk of her being caught against the bumper was small (since she was rarely in the crib and could not move about).  We mitigated the risk by using a baby monitor which monitors breathing.  So if she were to get caught, the alarm would go off.  I don’t lose sleep over it.

    Post # 7
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    46328 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Bradley T. Thach, MD; George W. Rutherford, JR, MS; and Kathleen Harris. “Deaths and Injuries Attributed to Infant Crib Bumper Pads.” Journal of Pediatrics 2007;151:271-4.

    Post # 8
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    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    That study has some interesting faults, although I won’t argue with the fact that bumper pads probably don’t prevent serious injury.  Arguing that 27 deaths in 20 years should prompt you not to use something?  Eh, I’m just not convinced.  Especially when 13 cases were a matter of wedging, and the study does not indicate what item (besides a bumper pad) the infant was wedged between.  The CPSC recently recalled an item because people were placing it in the crib, and two infants died when they squirmed out of the item and were wedged between that product and a crib bumper.  In those cases, what was to blame for the suffocation?  The item they were seated in or the crib bumper?  Rhetorical, and food for thought.

    Post # 9
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    541 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My sister is a pediatrician and her nursery is 100% hospital style. No bumper. Period. Nothing in the crib but the baby.

    Post # 11
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    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I’m with MightySapphire on this one. My daughter is 18 months and she’s always had one. I’m ok with it because she is a super crazy sleeper and usually when i check on her she’s smashed up against the side or something and I’d rather her not be smashed up against the bars. She’s old enough that if for some weird reason she couldnt breathe she would move. Everyone has different opinions though. but at MightySapphire said, 27 deaths in 20 years doesnt alarm me much.

    Post # 12
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    6009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Eh, everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to these things.  We don’t have anything in the crib, just a sheet over the mattress.  Of course, Addie usually only uses her crib for daytime naps and chilling while we’re showering in the morning; she’s not in there a lot.  

    I do think wonder bumpers are super cute though; in the beginning, that’s what we were considering using instead of a traditional bumper.

    Post # 13
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    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    As a pediatrician, I decided no bumper.  But again, I’m not yelling at moms if they get one.  I just want them to understand the risks which are real but small.

    But keep in mind I see the worst of the worst.  My kid is not going to have a balloon until she’s over 5 years of age and will never be unsupervised around pillows until she is fully mobile. Oh and those wheelie shoes– forget it!  I won’t regale you with the stories of kids that I’ve taken care of with horrible outcomes due to these things, but you only need to see it once to be completely freaked!

    Edited to add: feel free to be sorry for my kid.  It’s clear that I’m going to be slightly overprotective about these things!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @Mrs. DG: haha, it’s funny to see you are just like my sister! She’s a pediatrician, too, and my BIL is dreading all the things she’s gonna do that will be overprotective! She is adamant that our whole family gets the whooping cough vaccine and very worried about giving birth too early or too late. Hopefully, my mom, sister, and I will talk her out of not worrying about everything!

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2000

    I got a super  cute bumper with my bedding set. I’ll use it for the first month and decide from there. I won’t use anything else but a crib sheet though. Following all the other ‘overprotective’ rules. This is the only place I’m straying.

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