(Closed) Who used their bumper? Who didn’t?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you use a bumper for your little one?
    Yes, we used the bumper. : (12 votes)
    32 %
    No, we decided not to use it for safety reasons. : (22 votes)
    59 %
    Yes, we used it, but not until our baby was older. (explain) : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I believe the risk comes from baby being able to squirm to the bed railing but not be able to squirm back.. so they in essence get “stuck” there.

    We used the bumper with DS, but I also had no idea about the risks. This go round I’m foregoing the bed set and just getting crib sheets and then some blankets (which wouldn’t really be used in bed anyways) cheaper, safer, and still just as effective.

    Post # 5
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    5655 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’ve heard about the mesh ones too! We’ll be co-sleeping with LO in our room in a co-sleeper for the first 6mths or so, so I’m not too worried about it either way. Still think baby bedding is outrageous so we’ll be skipping it. lol

    Post # 6
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    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    We didn’t use anything until our daughter started getting squirmy–maybe 6 months?  Then got the mesh.  I figure anything that they think could contribute to SIDS?  I’d rather be safe than sorry.

    Post # 7
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    2562 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We won’t use a padded bumper for our baby, because I am nervous about the safety risk, I *may* use a mesh bumper, if we find there are issues with limbs getting stuck between rails, but I am not going to buy one unless we really need it. SIDS scares the crap out of me, so I will be following every recommendation.

    We are getting our bedding custom made from an Etsy seller, and just not having bumper pads made.

    Post # 8
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    1498 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of bumpers for babies. The risk associated with them is suffocation and is the same reason pillows and stuffed animals are discouraged until baby is a bit older. A newborn who squirms up next to a pillow or bumper but doesn’t have the reflex to move away when it cannot breathe, will suffocate. That being said, your newborn may squirm but won’t be moving with enough force to hurt her/himself if he/she ends up next to the rail. By the time baby is that active, you can put the bumpers on because by then the reflex will be there.  

    I never used any for my son. My best friend used the mesh ones and the only real purpose it served was keeping the pacifiers from falling out of the bed. It didn’t offer any cushion for the rails.

    Oh and for what it’s worth, I’m mom to a 3 year old and a nurse who has spent a considerable time working in neonatal and pediatric intensive care.

    Post # 9
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    3363 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I will be turning the bumper that came into our set into additional wall hangings, etc.  We got a mesh one to use instead.  I was concerned about arms or legs getting stuck in the crib rails.  Not sure if that actually can happen though.

    Post # 10
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    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We plan to start out using no bumper on our crib, and once the baby starts rolling and getting stuck in the crib slats, then we will install a mesh bumper. 

    Post # 11
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    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We’re not doing sets -just too $$$- but going with just sheets. Registered for a mesh bumper.

    Post # 13
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    6825 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Per the nurses in the NICU unit and as the PP said you should not use bumpers. The nurses told us not to use them for the first 6 months of life. My son was in a cradle with no bumpers and now transfered to his crib again no bumpers.

    Post # 14
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    870 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I had my son in a basanet right next to my bed for the first few few months of his life and then moved him to his crib and he kept getting his leg stuck in the railing. I used the bumper and even tucked it into the mattress and he still somehow managed to get his leg under it and through the railing. After that I tied it on the outside so his leg couldn’t go all the way through and get stuck. We never had problems with his head going anywhere near the edge though. For some reason it was always his legs.

    Post # 16
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    7404 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I have not used a bumper with either of my 2 children.

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