This is a crib bumper if you are unfamiliar:
|Taken from www.amazon.com|
They are basically padding that are put inside the crib against the rails.
If you are planning on using one, think again. And read this article: CNN – Get bumpers out of cribs, doctor group urges. I’m pretty adamant about not having one in our Baby Girl’s crib…and I’ve said so in some of my video vlogs. There seems to be no value in them other than they make the crib look ‘pretty’. But the risk of SIDS to me for sure outweighs the crib looking ‘cute’. I know some parents are worried about babies hitting their heads on the bars (and I’ll admit even my mom was one of those parents) but doctors have proven that babies are not physically able to hit their heads on the bars hard enough to cause injury.
I’ve had some mommas contact me about using crib bumpers when their babies are older and mobile, because of them getting arms and legs stuck between the bars. Since I don’t have a kid yet, this may be something I will re-evaluate when my child is older if getting stuck becomes a problem but I will still never use a padded bumper. They make breathable ones (the article discusses them but doesn’t recommend them since they say they still serve no purpose) that are supposedly more safe since babies can’t suffocate on them.
What do you think?