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Old 10-01-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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Bumpers in cribs

Ok, I know you are supposed to take out the bumper when the baby gets old enough to sit up but I kept mine in. She just rolls around a lot and ends up with her head smashed up against the side of the crib. Well she was sick last week and vomited all over the bed so I took out the bumper and washed it but have not put it back because I "know" you are supposed to. She keeps getting her legs/arms stuck in the crib bars, she woke up this morning with her leg hanging out. She probably could have pulled it out but she is kinda hazy when she first wakes up (like her mama ). WWYD? Should I put it back?

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Old 10-01-2008, 10:14 AM   #2
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

I took mine out when he could get on his knees. I knew pulling up was coming soon and I didn't want him standing on the bumpers and getting an extra few inches above the crib mattress.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:15 AM   #3
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

I'd put it back, but you are going to have a few people telling you 'nooo she will suffocate'. Honestly, if your baby is old enough to be rolling around, she is going to move if she can't breathe. Babies are pretty smart. Leaving it out for an infant might make sense (considering they are not moble enough to move out of the way)...but a baby who can roll around? I say leave it in.

My son would have goose eggs all over his head if I didn't have a bumper in there.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:16 AM   #4
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

Mine are 16mo, and still have the bumpers in. They sleep in all kinds of crazy positions and would get arms/legs stuck in the slats...and heads smooshed into the sides as well. I'm not worried about suffocation at this age, and they don't use them to try and climb out...yet. When they do, I'll reconsider them.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:17 AM   #5
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

she is 12 mos. so I am not worried about suffocating. I she is so tiny even standing on the bumper edge (which she has not done) she couldn't climb out.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:21 AM   #6
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

I have never used a bumper. I didn't buy a "crib set" just the sheets and a dust ruffle separately. But, DD has never had a problem. She moves around A LOT at night, and I have seen her stick arms or legs through the bars, but she always manages to get them back in and has never cried about it.
I think if you leave it out she will figure out how to get her legs back in and then you won't have to worry about it.
I also agree that she should be old enough to not worry about suffocating on them if you want to leave them in. Climbing out might be an issue eventually.
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:34 AM   #7
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Happy medium - airflow bumpers?

The reason they don't like bumpers is actually because it's thought to be a SIDS risk. It's for the same reason we're told to put babies down on their backs - they feel that one of the reasons babies can die is that they're rebreathing too much of their own CO2 output, so giving them as much room to breathe is best. The suffocation risk is another thing in newly active babies, ones that might not be deft enough to pull themselves away from something like that. And then there's the stepping on them and climbing out making them party to a falling hazard.

Airflow bumpers are thin mesh. They keep baby from getting limbs stuck between crib bars, allow air to circulate so they're less of a hazard for SIDS and strangulation, and don't give any real height when stepped on to allow baby to get a foothold out of the crib. I've seen them at Walmart and BRU, and they wouldn't be difficult to make.
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

i had to put mine back in dd would wake up very upset b/c she'd rolled into the wooden slates, she'd also wake up with red marks on her little head, but mine has little holes all over it, it's part of the fabric so i was confindent that she would be able to breath, she sleeps much better.
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Old 10-01-2008, 02:08 PM   #9
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Re: Bumpers in cribs

I think when they are able to pull up the concern is that they could stand on the bumper and climb out of the crib. We initially got one because DS woke up twice screaming because he had his arm caught between the rails. But he also rolls around and hits his head against the crib rails while he sleeps, so at 16 months he still has them. He's never once tried to climb out, so I'm not concerned about that.
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apparently I'm crazy... nevermind
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