BTDTs...crib bumpers

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BTDTs...crib bumpers
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Sat, 09-26-2009 - 9:15pm
just for fun i've been browsing crib bedding and i think i've found the one for me (altho it's INSANELY expensive, but it's so perfect...i'll have to start saving now). but do i need the bumpers? i keep getting mixed information about them...some sources that say they're essential for when baby is more active to ensure against bumped heads and trapped limbs, but then others say they're a suffocation/SIDS hazard. what's the deal? do you use bumpers in your crib?







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Registered: 03-19-2007
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 10:07pm
It's a beautiful bedding set, and it's really nice that you can order pieces. I actually have used my quilt as a tummy time blanket (kind of a waste, I know), and I am hoping to get it up on the wall someday. I look forward to seeing pictures when it's finished!
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Registered: 12-05-2006
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 9:53pm

I go with the SIDS/Suffocation hazard way of thought.

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Sun, 09-27-2009 - 9:14pm

I'm jumping in late here, but I use the breathable mesh ones that the others have talked about. I got mine at Wal-mart for $12.99 or something, the only thing is that they only come in white so if you are going for a certain theme or colour scheme, you're kind of stuck. LOL. Apparently you can get pink or green ones from some places online but they are much more expensive.


Like Megan mentioned, I've heard many stories of babies getting their limbs stuck between the slats so I wanted to use a bumper to prevent that. Elena is only just under 4 months old, but she is already scootching around on her back so the possibility of an arm or leg getting stuck through the slats is becoming more possible every day!

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Registered: 12-28-2005
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 5:52pm
thanks for the input everyone! i think i'm definitely going to skip them after everyone's advice against using them right away, if at all. plus they're so expensive! lol. if i use anything, i'll get some mesh ones. thanks again!







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Registered: 01-17-2007
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 2:34pm

We co-slept with Ry till he was 4 months old, and then after we transitioned him to the crib, we didn't put his bumpers in until he was REALLY active (around 7 months I think) for a few reasons:

1. At that point, he could roll away from them easily if he got too close, and the risk of SIDS was reduced.

2. Without the bumpers, he could see around the room - that it was dark and we weren't there and he cried a ton when we put him down at night. After we put the bumpers in, that stopped almost instantly.

3. He got his arms and legs stuck in the slats and bumped his head several times, usually multiple times a night. Once, I heard him scream and went in to find him on his belly with his legs up to his thighs hanging out of the crib, kicking around. He has fewer bruises and we all get better sleep with the bumpers in.

4. He's so short that even if he decided to step on top of them when he pulls up on the side of the crib, he still couldn't get out, lol.

Anyway, they're definitely not necessary and I absolutely would not put them in the crib until the baby is older, so if you want to skip them, I'd say go ahead.

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 10:15am
If I was going to use the crib, I would use a breathable mesh bumper as well. I found that even if I had used the crib the 4 piece sets of bedding were kind of pointless, since baby can't really use a blanket till after they are 1 (and Desmond rarely uses a blanket still at 2 1/2, he just kicks it off), and the bumper is a suffocation hazard, so the only thing you really need are the crib sheets. So there is always the option of just getting a crib sheet that matches your theme and then deciding on everything later when you move baby into a toddler or regular bed.










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Registered: 07-19-2008
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 7:03am
I have the mesh one Brita talked about.




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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 5:00am

Hi Carly

As PPs have mentioned, bumpers are not recommended a) as they might reduce airflow > baby gets too hot > risk of cot death and b) when they can stand up they might use the bumper as a "step" to get out of the cot.
That being said, I've got a bumper for Teddy's cot bed. He was nearly 6 months when he moved into his bed, so I wasn't so worried about the overheating anymore (plus it's a rather narrow bumper - about 8 inches high). He does stand up now but never attempted to step on the bumper; and thanks to it being a cheap Ikea bumper it would slide down anyways if he tried to do so!

I do like it though as he wriggles lots at night and without the bumper he'd certainly get his hands/legs stuck.

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Registered: 04-03-2008
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 4:41am

I love the set Carly!! Although personally I definitely would not use that type of thick pillow like bumper. The mesh ones are OK because air can continue to circulate but the thick ones are dangerous because they believe that lack of airflow can be a cause for SIDS, plus a chocking hazard as well.

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Registered: 12-28-2005
Sun, 09-27-2009 - 12:59am

thanks for the input. if they aren't really necessary, i'll probably skip them because they cost $143! the set really is quite expensive. i can buy the items separately, but it will take an extra three weeks to ship because the stocked ones are just the 4pc sets, not the individual pieces. a bit of a downside, since it will take time to save the money to get it and then three weeks more to ship, and i want to wait to paint the nursery till we have it so i can match the green color. i won't be using the quilt in the crib either, but i still want it...either as a wall hanging, or lapghan, or as a tummy time blanket. another great thing is that they also sell the different fabrics by the yard, so i can make my own valences and such. altho that's really expensive too, lol.

anyway, that was a lot of words for a lot of extraneous info you probably didn't need to know! here's a link to the set! http://www.babysupermall.com/main/products/glj/glj39540_pop1_glj39540.html








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