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Did you know crib bumpers can be dangerous?
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Jennifer Shu, MD posted:
Sure they're cute, but are they worth the potential risk?


Between 1985 and 2005, 27 children under the age of 2 years died and 25 were injured because of crib bumpers, mostly due to suffocation, entrapment and strangulation. Bumpers were originally used when crib slats were farther apart in order to prevent babies? heads from becoming caught between the slats but current regulations require crib slats to be no more than 2 3/8? apart to avoid such problems. Crib bumpers are therefore not necessary and are especially not recommended once baby is rolling, crawling, or pulling to stand. If you still choose to use a bumper, it?s best to select one that?s thin, firm, well-secured and not pillow-like, but keep in mind that even firm ones can cause entrapment.
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leighs1234 responded:
my son is 10 months old, I took his bumpers out when he was around 5 months but I had to put them back in because was constantly hitting his head on the crib... he moves around so much and falls backgrounds all the time... thoughts?
 
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jeniece125 replied to leighs1234's response:
My daughter is 10 months and I just took her bumper off yesterday... guess I should have read this sooner ha ha
 
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emily8091457 responded:
We never had the cute bumpers just for this reason. When DD#1 got old enough that she was moving around her crib we bought a thin mesh bumper. It offers a little padding (so if she bumped into the slats it wasn't quite so hard) and it kept her from sticking her arms/legs through the slats as well. But, instead of it being just a solid bumper it has mesh so there's the little holes in it. That way a baby can still breath if they get their faces up against it. Plus, because it's really thin, I don't think they could really stand on it (when they are pulling up) to get out. But I think we did remove it anyway when she started pulling up just to be safe.
 
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leighs1234 replied to emily8091457's response:
I am going to look into the mesh bumpers... my little guy keeps getting bruises from bumping his head and face on the crib.. any advice??
 
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emily8091457 replied to leighs1234's response:
Do you mean advice on where to get a mesh bumper? Because if so, we got our at Babies R Us I think. But I'm sure if you looked them up on-line you'd find other stores with them or you could order one.
 
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Emmyl responded:
We never did bumpers. At first it was because the crib that we have makes it difficult to fit a bumper around it. Now I'm glad though, because there have been many many nights where I go check on him and his face or head is all smushed up against the rails. I'd much rather him hit his head a little bit that suffocate.
 
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NattiePaige responded:
I have wondered about this. My crib is solid on the back so you can't tie the bumper to the back of the crib. My son pulls it down on his face or pulls it over his head. I've been afraid he could get choked but he loves the red trucks on his bumper. I left it on there so that he wouldn't stick his arms and legs out cause he did that in his cradle and he was too little to pull them out on his own. I think that I will take his bumper out now that my fears have been reassured. I'd die if anything ever happened to my little man.
 
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briansparks0211 responded:
Jennifer, great information. I also like the other baby and parent information on this site. It's right on the money. I just want to add. Make sure the bedding isn't too cushioned or the baby might squish into it if he/she laid face down, and could get hurt [or worse!> from not being able to breath. A good place to get <a href="http://www.keepingintheloop.com/">boys baby bedding</a> is KeepingInTheLoop.com and others. I would try there first and foremost.
 
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LyLeDo responded:
After doing a little math and looking up the number of babies born in the United States between 1985 and 2005 we find that the chance of a baby being injured or dying from a bumper is less than 0.0000006. Statistically speaking that is almost zero chance. So I really don't see what all the fuss is about and why it's such a big topic.
 
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CandisLeigh488 replied to LyLeDo's response:
I've given up on deciding what crib to get. My mom wants to buy it so I told her what color I want and I have left the rest up to her.

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