A French favorite, the crib bumper pad is much-loved by new mothers. Its cushioned contours create a thick barrier against drafts, and will keep your baby’s head from hitting the crib posts.
Not all cribs can accommodate a bumper pad; you should be able to tie a restraint between the head of the bed and the first bar. For example, Combelle beds are ideal for our bumper pads, but Flexa beds are more difficult to adapt.
If you choose to use a bumper pad, we recommend that you find a crib that will allow for restraints to be tied all the way around; these cribs are difficult to find in countries such as Germany, the US, Sweden and Denmark, but they do exist.
Bumper pads come in all sorts of sizes and proportions; the most important aspect to keep in mind is that they should always be tucked between the mattress and the crib frame, to avoid from allowing a baby’s head to get caught between the bumper pad and the frame. As such, all restraints need to be solidly tied to the crib bars.
The maximum length of a bumper pad restraint is 19 cm (7.5 inches), to prevent any risk of suffocation should it come undone. Be wary of promotional photos featuring long, pretty bows — these restraints are likely in violation of security standards.
If you choose a 30-cm (12 in.) high bumper pad, keep in mind that you will not be able to easily adapt it for the lower mattress position (when your baby will be six to eight months old)… and you should never tamper with the restraints to make them longer. If you wish to use your bumper pad for a while, we recommend choosing the 40-cm (15 3/4 in.) high version. Of course, for those with larger budgets or expecting gifts, you can always start with a 30-cm high pad and purchase the 40-cm high version later.