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Lil Tip: Turning Means Bumpers Off

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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kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Schnappycat, Yeah, I am extremely paranoid too. I guess it's just in my personality b/c I am paranoid about more than just my future kids :) Who knows though?! Greggie, What do you use then? Do you co-sleep or use a bassinet?
ylatan ylatan 9 years
greggie, we don't either. :)
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
I had a bumper in both cribs....and when i finally took it out i had problems with my boys getting their legs and feet stuck in the bars. I can see how bumpers can be bad...and especially bad when they can pull themselves up..the bumper acts as an extra step booster that the child can use to get out of the crib. Glad i took ours out early on. :D
Moms Moms 9 years
Great tip babysugar! It makes you wonder why anyone (myself included)buys bumpers...
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I see kia already made my point - the suffocation risk with bumpers has nothing to do with SIDS. We don't even do a crib.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
It's a great idea, kikidawn, if only I could sew or even owned a machine. ;) I'm going to have to find someone willing to help me. Heh. But I'm with you--I'm not planning to use a thing in my crib. I'm even worried about the extra thickness of a mattress pad. A bit paranoid, I suppose.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I'm not going to use a bumper, even in the beginning. It just seems way too dangerous! Just a fitted sheet and that's it - no pillows, no stuffed animals,... nothing Schnappycat, the pillows thing sounds like a wonderful idea!
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I hate that baby bedding manufacturers insist on bundling the bumpers with the sets. It was nearly impossible to find a cute set without a bumper and most of the cuteness indeed comes from the bumper. I ended up getting a set where at least the sheet and skirt was cute, but it still has a bumper I do not plan to use at all, even at the beginning. I paid tons extra for it (as part of the set) and don't know what I can use it for. I'm thinking about trying to turn it into pillows for my rocker or something. I wish manufacturers would start focusing on cuter sheets and skirts and/or sell the bumpers as a separate alternative now that most people agree they are dangerous.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Oh, and I don't know about all this anyway. I mean, they were going into overdrive when I had my son, warning that putting your baby to sleep on their tummy was really risky because of SIDS. And no blankets, pillows, bumpers, etc... But, when I was born, they were warning parents not to put their kids to sleep on their backs or they'd choke and die. It all seems kind of faddish.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Baby bumpers aren't recommended at all here, either, Girl C. I remember that being part of the whole "Back to Sleep" campaign here. I've never had one, but they are cute!
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
We never used a bumper for either of my sons in their cribs. I'd rather have a safe baby that occasionally bumps their head into the rails than worry about SIDS. People get so into the baby's room decor and the matching crib bumper. I don't think a crib bumber is worth the worry. My pediatrician said don't even bother with one at all.
GirlC GirlC 9 years
In Canada baby bumpers are not recommended at all.
kia kia 9 years
I would think suffocation would be a primary concern to remove the bumpers. Suffocation and SIDS are not the same thing although baby bumpers can possibly be a contributing factor to some SIDS cases. I hope this doesn't seem snarky but SIDS really peaks my interest as someone who lost a family member from it.
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