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02-13-2008, 11:39 AM
What's your take on crib bumpers? Do you think they're dangerous? If so, when did you stop using them? Our are velcro, so there aren't any loose tied - but even still, I'm curious to know if there is any real danger.
Thanks in advance!
02-19-2008, 10:18 AM
I had no problem with our bumper...if anything I'd rather have it to keep the babies little hands and feet from getting stuck between the crib rails. We took the bumper off as soon as out son could stand alone in the crib because i was afraid he could use it to stand on it and fall out. use your best judgement.
02-19-2008, 11:17 AM
I know that AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) doesn't recommend them but I have one. I think the concern is if they get next to it they may re-breath their CO2 or suffocate the whole SIDS thing? I just put my baby in the middle of the crib. I agree with A. Duchesne Use your best judgement.
03-03-2008, 02:56 PM
I'm with the other 2 - depends on the child so use your best judgement. I use a bumper with my daughter, now 16 months. I took it off as soon as she could stand on her own, but she kept waking up from getting her legs or arms caught in the rail gaps. Then, the more mobile she became, she would wake up from hitting her head on the rails. So, I put it back on and it is still on. I keep a close eye out for any sign of her climbing on it to get out - so far so good but I don't think it will be much longer now that she's figured out how to climb.
I think they absolutely can be dangerous, so be vigilant. I kept a really close eye on my daughter the first few weeks she slept in her crib by herself to make sure she didn't suffocate herself in it. By the time she was able to roll over, I was starting to relax. :)
04-15-2008, 06:05 PM
i used one untill my daughter could stand up. she loved sticking her feet and hands out. without i was afraid her feet would get stuck.
05-25-2008, 02:59 PM
When we moved our son from a pack n play to his crib he was pretty mobile, we tried the breathable bumper, but he kept putting his feet on it and pulling it down, then sticking his feet through the rails and bumping his head, so we ended up getting a crib shield from the same company that makes the breathable bumpers. It is mech and velcros to the top of the rails, but goes all the way down like a bumper, so now his feet stay in and he can't step on anything when he stands up. I also noticed that he only bumped his head, when he is sitting up, so we tied the bumper to the top of the crib rail, so he won't smother we he sleeps and his head is better protected when he is sitting up moving around.
05-27-2008, 08:30 AM
We took the bumpers out after reading so many things about them being dangerous. I also asked a few of my friends and most said either way would be fine.
I personally feel better about them not being there. I can see the danger they pose. I'd much rather have my son hit his head then get it caught between the bumper and the mattress. Which, btw has happened and he doesn't even notice when it does. :)
05-27-2008, 04:34 PM
We chose not to use crib bumpers and instead used a crib wrap. Our daughter kept getting her arms and legs caught in the crib rails...One Step Ahead Baby sells a version. I made mine out of sports netting and velcro. They look like a tennis net but did the trick.
05-28-2008, 03:12 PM
We just recently took the crib bumper out b/c dd would scootch forward in her sleep and her head/face would always be right next to the bumper. She does hit her little noggin about once or twice every night and wake herself up, but that's better than the alternative.
05-29-2008, 11:50 AM
I use a crib bumper because it seems safer and she cries when anything is bothering her. I mean scream cries lol. So it does depend on the baby. And for those mothers who have a walking escape artist there are these things you can put over the top of the cris so they can't climb out. It's a net that I think just ties or something to the top bars so it's enclosed. Like a tent you can see through! I don't plan on using the tent thing unless my daughter starts climbing out when she is able to. But that way you can still use the bumper.
07-06-2008, 10:54 PM
We used one until she could pull herself up but then we took it out and we put it on the wall shelf in her room[its all the way across 2 of the walls] instead of wasting money and putting or throwing it away.
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