New recs on crib bumpers

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New recs on crib bumpers

I thought this was interesting. We never used a cloth bumper for any of our kids. We put a mesh bumper in S's crib when she was about a year old (I think) because she got her legs stuck in crib slats. I guess we should remove that now, huh?

http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/18/health/no-bumpers-cribs-sids-parenting/index.html

Someone I used to work with just lost her grandaughter to SIDS. Sad She was 5-months-old. Very sad stuff!

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Very sad Melanie Sad

We only used a bumper with taine for a few months before deciding to remove it. We are using the bumper we got for LO as a wall hanging instead.

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We never used one at all with Evan.....he never got stuck and we always had the monitor on so if he had gotten stuck we'd have heard it quickly I think

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We took it out with Josiah when he started rolling (DD2 coslept and I didn't know they were dangerous with DD1 :-? ). A little surprised at the breathable bumpers being unsafe! I just bought one Lol We have a mini crib for Isaiah so I made the bedding myself and then got the breathable bumper, I like being able to peak over at him from bed and see that he's okay though so I guess it's not too awful that we can't use it.
So sad about the baby Sad

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Gah! I didn't realize that the breathable ones were thought to be unsafe. I just spent time yesterday putting that in the new baby's crib...had to move the crib and put forth quite an effort to get it in there.

I used one with Jack for a little while, then got him the breathable one when he was able to roll around. We used that for a bit, and then he actually started to LIKE having his legs stuck through the slats when he sleeps. So now, I go go into his room to check on him at night and see him sleeping the short way in his crib, with his long legs hanging out through the slats. Its quite funny!

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The breathable ones are considered unsafe because of the ties, although, does it have velcro? I haven't looked at it recently and it has been in her crib forever. They obviously will not suffocate a child like the puffy, stuffed bumpers, but there are reports of kids strangling themselves with the ties on all bumpers. We still haven't taken S's mesh bumper out. Maybe this weekend. I can see her attempting to take it off some day. Yikes!

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Our breathable had velcro. We barely used a crib (just to put Ethan in occasionally when he was awake) but he got stuck quite a few times and almost cut off circulation to a limb struggling. Not exactly safe either Wink

I don't understand what's unsafe about the breathable bumpers?!

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I'm also confused as to why the breathable ones are unsafe. We used them for both boys for quite awhile. Mine have velcro - I guess maybe it could unvelcro and the baby could somehow get stuck in it? Funny how even just two years ago the things we thought were safe are not any longer!

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"Daffodils" wrote:

I'm also confused as to why the breathable ones are unsafe. We used them for both boys for quite awhile. Mine have velcro - I guess maybe it could unvelcro and the baby could somehow get stuck in it? Funny how even just two years ago the things we thought were safe are not any longer!

Things change all the time. That is just how it goes. Biggrin Our breathable bumper does have ties. I can see how that is dangerous. When my DS was born, no one said that you should keep your kids RF in a carseat until age 2 or older. We turned him at 15 months. Now the rec is to leave them RF longer. That is just one change in the last 7 years. Car seat expiration dates are newer. I think they just starting talking about those when my DS was little.

It is just like string ties in pants. They have decided those aren't all that safe for boys 4-7. They issued that recall this summer. It is super frustrating. My kid cannot wear pants that aren't a slim unless they tie. If he does, he has to roll the waist to get them to stay up. It is so frustrating. Havee you ever tried to find swim trunks that stay up without tying for a boy my son's age? He is very slim, but a smaller size is too short. Go up a size and those thing come off when he does a front flip off the diving board or goes down the water slide. Grrrr! Pretty soon we will be wrapping our kids in bubble wrap (wait, that is a suffocation hazard...maybe felt then?) and putting them in bike helmets 24/7. ROFL

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Ties are dangerous for boys?!! What do they think will happen? Perhaps I don't even want to know. Almost all of our baby pants have ties in the waist, the boys are very slim and even many 18months pants don't fit them though they are 2! Oh well. Yeah, the car seat thing i know they keep revising. We turned the boys at about 14 months because we pretty much had to, they were running out of room, then the new recs came out like a month later! Oh well.
Not that I advocate going back to the 'good old days', but I think about when my dad was growing up - no carseats, no safety anything, probably tons of clothes with ties and lots of stuff in the crib with the baby.

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I think a lot of the new regulations are to avoid lawsuits. The carseat RF guidelines definitely have science to back them up, but so many of the others seem to be CYA so the parents with no common sense don't sue Wink

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"cmljll" wrote:

I think a lot of the new regulations are to avoid lawsuits. The carseat RF guidelines definitely have science to back them up, but so many of the others seem to be CYA so the parents with no common sense don't sue Wink

So true! Car seat recs are definitely well-researched. However, there will be nothing safe for kids anymore. People do stupid things and we cannot recall everything because of what people do. Although, I will say that as a parent with twins, I have no clue how to keep them safe. We do what we can, but I just cannot keep up with them. The girls found crayons that my DS left out (I have no clue where they were), and K wrote all of one of our chairs. Crayons are no big deal, but scissors are another matter. We removed the scissors from all locations in the house. We have DS's safety scissors in our bedroom. I have no clue where the scissors are because DH moved them, but I am happy with leaving them in whatever hiding spot he found. Biggrin I cannot leave the girls anywhere alone, ever.

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I do tend to agree -- I mean my monitor got recalled b/c a baby strangled on the cord. Umm well.....it has to have a cord. Wouldn't common sense tell you to ensure the baby can't REACH the cord from the crib?? I have mine hooked to the wall far far out of Evan's reach. I mean it's not rocket science.

Suffocating on a bumper actually seemed fairly plausible to me so they always kind of scared me and actually breaking a leg (vs just being stuck and crying) seemed kind of unlikely especially since the monitor is always on so I'd hear him in pain. So we just never did bumpers.......

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