Crib Bumpers: Cute or Dangerous?

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. 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “Crib Bumpers: Cute or Dangerous?

  1. My oldest son got stuck under a crib bumper. Thankfully, I noticed right away and was able to get him out with no problems. I threw the crib bumber away and never used one again. They are dangerous for sure. Your post is great safety information for parents. Keep up the good work!

  2. On the other end there are lots of kids who get themselves stuck inbetween the bars. Legs and arms! I didn’t use the crib at all with my two little ones till they were older but I know they have those mesh bumpers..not sure of their safety though?Good post to make others aware of the dangers though.

  3. Thanks for your thoughts ladies!Barb-That is so scary.. I’m so glad you saw him right away! Christina- I do agree with you about the possibly of body parts getting stuck in between bars however, Its not as common anymore because they are closer together in order to meet the safety regulations…. but even if a child did get his or her arm stuck in between the bar for some reason, I image that it is better than the possibly of suffocation under a crib bumper! 🙂

  4. We through our padded bumpers away after finding our baby with her face nestled in them. We tried no bumpers, but her legs kept getting stuck in the slats. finally, we got some mesh bumpers and they are awesome.

  5. Wonder Bumpers are the answer to it all. the soft protecting allows legs and arms to move easily and protectively throught the slats and prevent babies from hitting head to hard on rails. I loooove them!

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