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Crib Bedding Is Dangerous

Mommy Alert! Bedding Is a Crib Danger

Have you seen Brooke Burke's scary-looking posh cribs? Although they were just for "show," it makes me nervous to think that people over decorate their cribs when less is more.

Most nursery bedding sets are sold with sheets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, and matching bedskirts. In reality, the only thing that baby needs is a good fitted sheet – one that fits perfectly around the mattress. Many doctors, including mine, recommend removing the bumper once the baby starts to turn over, if not sooner. The rest of the decorative items have no place in the crib – pillows, blankets, and other toys should be left out.

Just yesterday, MSNBC reported:

From 2002 to 2004, 241 children under age 5 died in incidents involving nursery products. About 40 percent of the deaths involved cribs, with soft bedding cited as the leading contributing factor. Many of the children suffocated when lying face down on pillows or other bedding, the agency (Consumer Product Safety Commission) said.

So even though it looks adorable, save it a few years until your wee one can handle it. All the decor in the world isn't worth the worry.

Join The Conversation
mrsmiller mrsmiller 9 years
I'm glad I read this! We were going to spend a good amount of money on a football bedding set and now I know that there's no need to until he's much older!! Thank you!
moss1080 moss1080 9 years
Love the idea of turning the bumper into a valance. Thanks
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
Yes, it worked really well and I have gotten a ton of compliments, katesmama. We folded the valance (using a few hand stiches to keep it in place, but that probably wasn't even necessary) and tied the ties to a curtain rod with little bows. It helped that the valance was the length of our large window folded in half, so no cutting was necessary. I was originally planning to make little pillows from the bumper, but this idea worked out so much better and kept me from having to search for another window covering idea.
katesmama katesmama 9 years
We just used our quilt as a wall hanging. I did have the bumpers in there, but they came out as soon as she rolled over, so there really wasn't any point. The valance idea is really cute! I'll have to remember that for next time!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
whoa, that's really surprising.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
yeah, the quilt is the cute part of the set. i don't think we ever used ours as a blanket. i guess you could hang it on the wall. my mom had a fit about us not putting a blanket on our first daughter and she laughed at me not wanting the stuffed animals in the crib when the baby was sleeping. when we had company i'd put the quilt in there and set up the stuffed animals, you make it look cute. but when the baby went in everything else came out.
meandtheo meandtheo 9 years
I too forked out the dough for Dwell bedding, which I love. I have yet to use the quilt and the bumpers came out after about 7 weeks when my daughter started scooting towards them and we woke up one morning to find her wedged in a corner with her facing the bumpers (i freaked out!!). Looking back I wouldn't have purchased the whole set. Now my daughter is the only thing in her crib, I just couldn't sleep well with anything else in there.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I think it's ridiculous that so much of the cute bedding is still sold as sets with the bumper and the quilt. The Dwell alphabet bedding I really wanted was sold that way so I ended up forking out extra money for pieces I wasn't planning to use just to get the sheet and skirt. However, I got smart and turned my crib bumper into an adorable window valance (no cutting or sewing was even required!). And we use the quilt to cover ourselves when rocking the baby. So I feel good I was able to make due with the extra pieces. But considering that often the bumper is the cutest part of the set (with the sheet or skirt being the "plainer" corresponding piece), it can be difficult to find adorable bedding. I hope that manufacturers get their act together soon and start making cuter mix and match, sold separately pieces!
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