Do You Use Crib Bumper Pads or Not?
With over 60 nursery and kids’ room designs to our credit, we think it’s safe to say that we’re asked about crib bumper pads a lot. For some parents, the crib bumper pads is an absolute must. Today, we wanted to share our thoughts, and more importantly get yours. Please let us know where you stand on crib bumper pads by commenting on this post.
As a mother of two young children, I admit that I used crib bumper pads. The charm of a beautiful bumper is appealing to both my sense of style, and my desire to keep my babies cozy. From the very first time I put my infant son into his big huge crib, I was happy that I’d opted for a bumper. However…
On the flip side, last Fall, we sat down to get her take on bumper safety. Her statement: “bounce the bumpers”. Additionally, in a recent conversation with a prominent parenting magazine, we learned they will no longer be printing photos of bumpers without a safety caveat. With slight form and function, alternative styles are available to combat the safety concerns of standard bumpers – like the crib bumper pads shown here.
While my own children are plenty old enough to be out of harm’s way (huge sigh of relief!), the controversy irks many families who are expecting or have infants at home. So, we reached out to one of our favorite crib bedding manufacturers – to get her thoughts both as a Mom and as a maker or adorable crib bedding. According to Katy, “As any expecting parent will find, there seems to be pros and cons to everything involving your child… to breast feed or bottle… to swaddle or not…. pacifier or thumb…. the debates are endless! And at the end of the day, each parent decides on what is best for them and their child. There’s no question that the crib bumper pads help finish out a crib, it’s like having a comforter and shams on your master bed. The design aspect is there. But there’s also a practical aspect to them, they protect little arms and feet from slipping between the slats of the crib, and keep peeking eyes from seeing you sneak into the room to make sure they are asleep. But remember, you can take them off the first year, and put them back on after that. Or don’t use them at all! It’s truthfully your choice.”
Katy went on to say: “Remember, always secure your bumpers to your crib. And every manufacturer does their bedding differently, so do your research and see what products fit best into your lifestyle and nursery design. Bedding has several distinct features that set them separate apart from other companies. First, our crib bumper pads are four pieces, so you can choose which pieces to remove if necessary, and it allows you to continue to use them with convertible cribs. Second, we have slightly longer ties so that they can be tied tight even around the thickest of wood cribs (watch out for short ties that don’t reach around the crib). Third, all of our crib bumper pads are slip-covered. So don’t stress if some kind of icky bodily-fluid gets on them – everything is machine washable”.
So, Project Nursery reader, what’s your take? Do you use crib bumper pads or not, and why? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.