January 2013 Moms

Are Bumpers Ever Ok?

So I know LOs aren't supposed to have anything in their crib up to a certain point but when is it ok to put bumpers in? I ask because Blair rolls and moves all around and has woken up with his leg stuck. My mom made my crib bedding, it's gorgeous, but is it ok to put the bumpers in so his arms and legs don't get stuck? He's not swaddled and has great head and neck control.
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Re: Are Bumpers Ever Ok?

  • We use the breathable bumpers because DD kept getting her limbs stuck. I felt more comfortable with the breathable in case she does get her face against the size. I put my face up to them and could breathe fine.
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  • I don't know that bumpers are ever recommended.  With that said, I am still considering getting breathable bumpers for Jack when we move him over at 6 months.  When I set him down to play in the crib to play now he gets stuck.  I hate the thought of it happening when I am asleep in another room.  I figure by then he'll have good head and neck control.  

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  • I would personally consider getting the breathable bumpers if we ever have a limb getting stuck problem. However, our issue is DS will sometimes bump his head and wake himself up and the breathable bumpers don't have padding so they wouldn't do anything so for now we stay bumper free. I wouldn't use the regular bumpers because I am far too paranoid. 

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  • image emja0214:
    We use the breathable bumpers because DD kept getting her limbs stuck. I felt more comfortable with the breathable in case she does get her face against the size. I put my face up to them and could breathe fine.



    This. But when I told R's pedi we were using them he made a face.
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  • image emja0214:
    We use the breathable bumpers because DD kept getting her limbs stuck. I felt more comfortable with the breathable in case she does get her face against the size. I put my face up to them and could breathe fine.
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    image emja0214:
    We use the breathable bumpers because DD kept getting her limbs stuck. I felt more comfortable with the breathable in case she does get her face against the size. I put my face up to them and could breathe fine.
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    Same here. They've made a real difference in sleep for us.
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  • This, we have a breathable one. I do check it every day to see if it needs adjusted. DS always puts his feet on the one side while he plays in the AM and the bumper will shimmy down. 

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  • We started using the breathable bumpers at 5 months.  DS was getting limbs stuck between the slats and bumping his head on them too.  As PP has said, I too put my face up to it and my breathing wasn't obstructed at all.  The way they are installed allows a soft surface to avoid injury from bumping their head while also restricting the limbs from going thru.  I love them.
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  • We have the breathable bumpers. They do need adjusting from time to time, but other then that they havn't been an issue. They don't have padding as PP said, so they are not great for babies that are bonking their head....

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  • They will never be "recommended", but it is your decision as a mom.  I just bought real, non breathable bumpers.  I plan to hold off until Connor is 6 months, but the benefits outweighed the cons for us.  He bumps his head constantly on the crib - and not softly either. 

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    They will never be "recommended", but it is your decision as a mom.  I just bought real, non breathable bumpers.  I plan to hold off until Connor is 6 months, but the benefits outweighed the cons for us.  He bumps his head constantly on the crib - and not softly either. 

    LO has regular bumpers, and they have been in his crib for about a month.  (Flame away!)  I lay him down lengthwise, and he turns himself width-wise in his sleep (similar to how the hands on a clock turn).  This wouldn't be such a big deal except that DS is 27 inches long, so I was dealing with stuck limbs and a bonked head at the same time.  Now he doesn't hurt himself or wake himself up.  Was I worried at first?  Sure, but it was outweighed by worrying about his little noggin after a couple of mornings with him screaming.

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  • Personally, I am confident that if we were to use bumpers (no reason here yet) that my kiddo has the ability to remove her face from them. I mean it is a wonder that the kid can breath while nursing.





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