Sunday, September 30, 2007
To bumper or not to bumper?
That is the question.
I have never done the crib bumper for any of my babies and was wondering if they (the bumper not the baby :-) are worth the hassle. They look nice, but I have always leaned away from them because of the so called "smothering factor." I have also heard they get mashed/messed up and do not stay attractive looking.
What is your opinion or experience?

  posted at 10:54 PM  

At 11:27 PM, Blogger Jana said...

You're already getting your crib ready?? Wow--I'm impressed!! I have always used a bumper, it came with the set and I've never had a problem. It is a little more difficult to take the mattress in and out of the crib when changing the sheets, but I always like the look it gives. Once they start scooting, it also saves on bumped heads. As for the smoothering factor, I've never worried about that. Course, I lay my babies on their tummy to sleep at a pretty young age as well, so I may not be a good one to advise on that part. :-)

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

The really soft, plush bumpers will likely go floppy with the first washing and stay like that. The thinner ones with plenty of stitching (to hold the stuffing in place) will be fine if fastened properly. At least mine were... :o)

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Sara Marshall said...

I love Chloe's bumper! I am probably going to have to take it out, as she is using it for a step to climb out! But I had no problems with it while she was little bitty. It is a thin one, not fluffy. I guess I would be wary of the fluffy ones too as they could more likely get ruined and more importantly, suffocate. Whew! There's my bumper opinion...

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Les said...

I used a bumper. When I tried to go without one, they would wake up because their arms were sticking out of the bars!

At 12:48 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

Yes, we are working on the crib this weekend, but I will not buy the bedding until after the baby is born.
We are starting now because it needed a little work. Troy is sanding it and a changing table, and our wonderful neighbor is painting it. So, I will essentially have a brand new looking crib when the men are finished. I thought it would be best to begin in case we hit a snag or two!

At 2:04 PM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

Well, I used a used bumper and it was really cute... not very fluffy though, and it didn't fit exactly the way I think it should have, but I still liked the way it looked. But, I suppose they could smother in it... but, I also slept with Charity alot while nursing her, and I suppose she could have smothered in my bed too (actually, I woke up once to find her in the process of being smothered by a pillow, I think it was. That was really scary! When I removed the pillow she took a deep breath, and I was glad that God had awakened me that night!) Smothering is a great fear of mine, but I still used a bumper.

At 11:13 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Hey! I have to say I'm very proud of you getting everything done so early! Actually, Kaitlynn is still in the crib, so I have to figure out a way to get her out so the baby can go in...but that will be after a couple of months in the bassinett, so I'm not worried. :)I've always used a bumper. I guess, like Jana's, they always came with the set and I wouldn't want little heads, arms, and legs bopping around on the wood. They don't always stay up the greatest, but are worth the hassle. I do take the SIDS or suffocation thing pretty seriously, but at that young of an age they tend to stay in the middle.
Looks like we're due pretty close together - doc says about six weeks for me!

At 12:01 AM, Blogger Janette said...

I used a bumper pad with my boys and never had a problem with smothering (didn't have a fluffy one). It kept them from bonking their head when they started scooting around and also kept their arms and legs inside while sleeping.

At 1:29 PM, Blogger Julie said...

I've used a bumper for both Mollie and Bryce. I love the way they look and like others have mentioned, it helps to keep them from bumping their heads on the side.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Julie W said...

My bumper came with the set so I guess I didn't know I had an option!ha! We did have a little cradle that Jordan slept in in our room for a couple of months that didn't have a bumper and he would have his whole arm dangling out the side! So, I say use one it makes the bed look more comfy!
Julie W

At 9:05 AM, Blogger dorcas said...

We have a bumper in Blakes crib. Not only is it cute but keeps arms and legs inside. I didn't worry about suffication because it really isn't fluffy enough that his little nose could even be covered up by it. I was pretty scared about SIDS and so Blake didn't sleep on his tummy and once he started moving around he didn't sleep with blankets and still doesn't. In fact now if you try to cover him up he just pulls it off. He wears warm jammies and has a warm room. Back to crib bumpers though - I have found that I have to do what feels right to me no matter what others think. That is the only way I can sleep at night!


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