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Lil Community: Crib Bumper Question

To bumper or not? That is the question LilSugar reader Beaner is asking as she sets up her lil one's crib. She asks our readers for some help in The Pregnancy Posse group.

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?

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Sasorisa Sasorisa 6 years
I use the breathable bumper. He rolls around A LOT, so yes, it goes keep his little arms and leg inside the crib and yes, he's got stuck once which prompted me to get it. I think, just go with the flow and see if you need one.
Niami Niami 6 years
Breathable used here, my son likes to get comfy and prop a foot up on it once in a while.
MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 6 years
Oh, and he never stuck a limb out in the slats.
MonkiChriz MonkiChriz 6 years
I actually like not having a bumper. I can see my son better without something in the way.
katiekat katiekat 6 years
dd didn't have a bumper until she started losing her binkies through the slats 10-ish months...then I bought a breathable bumper. As pp said, better safe than sorry. I honestly can't believe people still buy the big, bulky decorative kind!
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 6 years
better safe than sorry~ dont use it
schnappycat schnappycat 6 years
In my opinion, I would leave it off until you determine if you'll actually need it. Contrary to popular belief, not all babies hit their heads or get limbs stuck between the crib slats--my son never did. We used nothing in his crib (in fact, I turned the bumper that came with his set into a window valance), and I don't plan to with my daughter unless she starts to hit the crib sides often. I do think the breatheable bumper is pretty safe, but it's surely safer not to use anything. If your baby appears to need it when he or she starts moving around, I say add it then.
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