My little one will be here soon and I don’t have my crib yet. I can’t find one that I like or that is a reasonable price and I’m far more concerned about cloth diapers, strollers, slings, books ect. than I am about the crib. ( Is that bad?)
But still. I have been reading about the safety of crib bedding- mainly the bumpers- the cute frilly material that goes along sides of the crib to ” decorate” it or provide a “soft” bumper for the baby. They may help dress up your nursery, but they’re really quite dangerous.
Crib bumpers were originally used to prevent babies from getting their body parts stuck in the crib slats. However, now-a-days in order for a crib to meet the current safety standards the slats must be close enough together (less than 2 3/8 inches between each slat) so crib bumpers are not necessary. At all.
Many SIDS awareness groups are recommending that parents avoid using crib bumpers. Crib bumpers can restrict a baby’s breathing if they get to close to it- they can also get stuck under it. This happens not when the babies are very little and still but when they are moving around more in their crib.
A major suffocation hazard.
After reading this article and seeing those disturbing pictures, I definitely won’t be using crib bumpers. It scares me too much. Not worth the worry for me.