Its been a year since the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its sleep guidelines to officially advocate against the use of crib bumpers. While many moms simply remove the offending piece from their lil ones' cribs, they've still paid (often a hefty price) for the padded fabric that is going to waste. Rather than throw money down the drain, parents in search of safe, AAP-approved crib sets can now find a variety of bumperless options to complement their nursery. While some simply play up the crib sheet and crib skirt, others are specifically designed to mimic the bumper look, without the actual product. Keep reading to see some of our favorite options!
Bumpers begone! The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated their sleep guidelines, officially advocating against the use of crib bumpers for the first time. According to the new findings, bumper pads unequivocally should not be used in cribs because the pads don't prevent injuries, but can cause suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. Bumpers have been falling out of favor within the medical community for the last several years, with antibumper sentiment gaining major momentum stemming from an article in the September 2007 issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, Deaths and Injuries Attributed to Infant Crib Bumper Pads, and this new AAP report SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations For a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment will likely be the final nail in bumpers' coffin.
I've read that traditional pillow-like bumpers attached to the inside walls of a crib can be a hazard to your baby due to the risk of strangulation or suffocation. So instead or registering for one of those (although they are adorable!), I got the BreathableBaby Breathable Safer Bumper. It's a thin piece of mesh material that fits snug against the railings.
It's supposed to be safer, but with all the talk about crib safety, is it better to use or safer not to use? Will it prevent baby's limbs from going through the slats, or will they end up getting tangled in it just as they would a traditional bumper?
When planning for baby, does nursery decor or the infant's well-being take precedence? Fearing SIDS and their tots getting tangled in bedding, many moms strip their cradles and cribs of bumpers and blankets. Others like the look of a cozy room and feel confident letting their child sleep in a cushioned environment. What is your opinion?
There's much concern over crib bumpers and SIDS so many mommas have heeded their pediatricians' warnings and removed the decorative accents from their lil ones' cribs. Wonder Bumpers are out to change our opinions by turning the offending items on their side.
Unlike traditional bumpers that tie horizontally around a crib, allowing a baby to become squished between the fabric and the mattress, Wonder Bumpers wrap vertically around each crib rail, leaving space between the rails for air to flow into the crib, and significantly reducing the possibility of SIDS-related issues. The new bumpers feature a reversible zipper, making them easy to remove for cleaning purposes, and providing two fabric choices for the decorator in the family. Available in nine designs, the products are sold in packages of 24 or 36 to suit all crib sizes.
I was a proud mother when my baby started rolling over on her own at three months. She did the reverse flip — from belly to tummy first. While this was exciting, it left me worried about SIDS. She would wiggle her way around and smush her pink kittenish face up to the crib side.
I paid attention to every last detail when I decorated her nursery, especially the bumper. When I went in for my babe's three month check up, I told the doctor about her flipping over. She was impressed (at least I thought she was) and without hesitation told me it was time to remove the bumper. What? The bumper I took so long to pick out? How will the room hold together?
Reluctantly, I went home and took the white diamond matelasse bumper with green stitching off the crib. And baby girl has been snoozing comfortably ever since. The nursery still looks cute, and we all rest better knowing she's safe in her cocoon.
So when your lil one starts turning over and especially standing up, take those bumpers off and store them away for another time.
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