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  • No Surprise: Crib Bumpers Aren’t Safe

    Everything I read before and after Alex was born emphasized the importance of an empty crib to prevent SIDS: no blankets, no loose clothing, no loveys, etc. The material I read also said no crib bumpers, though I found almost every friend used them. I understood why people think bumpers are necessary after we stopped swaddling Alex and he migrated all over his crib in his sleep. I ended up with breathable mesh bumpers, which gave me more peace of mind than traditional bumpers would have. They weren’t pretty and they definitely didn’t match, but they got the job done (and were only in the crib for about three months anyway, from the time we stopped swaddling him until he could pull up).

    It turns out crib bumpers might be even more dangerous than people generally think. According to the Baby Bargains blog, the JPMA, a trade organization that supposedly promotes safety, deliberately mislead the public about the CPSC‘s data on crib bumper safety by issuing a release stating that crib bumpers don’t cause deaths, which was in “‘direct contradiction'” to the CPSC’s data.

    I think it’s pretty obvious that the safest crib is one that doesn’t have any bumpers. But I bet parents will still buy (and use) bumpers anyway.


    1. Thank you. This is really good information for a father to be.

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      Glad I could help – the volume of baby gear out there is enough to blow your mind!

    3. My MIL made crib bumpers with a matching valance for Katie’s room and I did use them. She asked if she could make different ones for Felicity and I told her I would use Katie’s bumpers. I knew I wasn’t going to use the bumpers but didn’t want to hurt her feelings.

      I don’t have the heart to throw out the bumpers but I don’t know what to do with them. I am trying to think of a safe use for them outside of the crib and the baby.

    4. Chief Family Officer says:

      Patti – Hmm, I can’t think of an alternative use for them right now. Are they decorative enough to frame and hang on a wall?