Do You Need Crib Bumper Pads?
What is crib bumper pads?
Crib bumper pads are still considered a common baby product, despite years of safety warnings. Parents often use crib bumper pads thinking they are increasing the safety of their
child's crib. How will you protect those tiny arms and noggins from bumps without
Why Do We Use Crib Bumper Pads?
Crib bumper pads became popular in older-style cribs where the slats were far enough apart that a baby's head could become trapped between the slats, posing an entrapment or suffocation risk. Today, all crib bumper pads sold in the United States and Canada are required to have slats close enough together that it's nearly impossible for an infant's head to fit through. So why do we still use crib bumper pads? For some parents, the reason may be as simple as liking the way the bumper looks. The matched crib bedding set in stores are often cute and the package deal makes for a nice coordinated nursery. Often, parents do not remove the crib bumper pads once the baby can stand up in the crib. The crib bumper pads can provide a foothold that could allow the baby to climb out of the crib and fall. Rebreathing of stale air is another concern with crib bumper pads. The bumper reduces the flow of fresh air around the baby, particularly if his or her face is very close to the bumper.
Do you have some solutions?
Since many infant safety organizations now recommend that nothing be inside the crib at all, the safest route for parents and babies is to remove crib bumper pads altogether. If you're concerned about your child sticking arms and legs through the crib slats, and feel that you must use a crib bumper pads, one option is the Breathable Bumper, which comes in a few solid colors and is made of airy mesh that allows airflow.