To Bumper or Not to Bumper? That's the Question. Follow These Baby Bedding and Crib Bumper Safety Guidelines to Make Sure Your Baby Sleeps Snug and Safe...
Crib bumper and baby bedding safety is one aspect of baby protection we would love to ignore - if we could...
Because baby crib bedding is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways of livening up the baby nursery, and with the hundreds of beautiful designs available, shopping for it is such fun! Unfortunately, most baby crib bedding is very dangerous for your baby - the very crib bedding that is designed to snuggle and cuddle your baby can cause suffocation and overheating leading to SIDS.
That doesn't mean that you shouldn't have that perfect comforter or quilt...
You've been dreamily thinking about it ever since you saw the two lines on your home pregnancy test! Just keep baby bedding and crib bumper safety in mind and remember to remove the quilt from the baby crib when your sweetheart is sleeping, or use it as a wall-hanging!
And check out the following infant safety guidelines to learn how to safely lay your little one down for sleep...
Crib Bumper And Baby Bedding Safety Step-By-Step:
- Crib Bedding Safety.
- Crib Bumper Safety.
The main thing to remember when you make up your baby's crib for safe sleep, is to think simple.No frills and fluff, just good old-fashioned simple blankets and sheets...
- First things first - Crib bumpers are not recommended. If you do use one, follow the crib bumper safety guidelines below.
- Use a snug-fitting crib sheet with velcro strapping - there should be no slipping at the corners.
- If you do use a blanket it should be thin and porous. Soft bedding such as comforters can suffocate infants.
- Place your baby so his feet touch the lower end of the crib so that he can't wriggle under the covers.
- Tuck the blanket in well on both sides of the crib under the mattress.
- The blanket should come no higher than your baby's chest.
To bumper or not to bumper? Whether or not to use a crib bumper has become a much-debated subject amongst new moms. We've heard they may be unsafe, but then what do we do about bruised arms and legs, not to mention bumps on the head?
You'll be relieved to know that most moms find a solution by making a compromise. The best way to reach the right solution for you is to understand why crib bumpers are not recommended in the first place...
Crib bumpers are not recommended for several reasons:
- They inhibit the circulation of fresh air around the crib. Breathing and rebreathing the same air until the oxygen content has been depleted is a contributing factor towards SIDS. Read more about SIDS prevention here.
To overcome this problem, make sure there is a space between the crib bumper and the crib mattress to allow for airflow. A new crib bumper safety option is to use a breathable mesh crib bumper. These new bumper pads improve airflow and cause less restriction on the flow of fresh air around the crib.
- Bumpers that come loose represent an entanglement and strangulation hazard.
To prevent this, make sure that your crib bumper is securely attached to the crib. Alternatively, you can weave the bumper in and out of the slats so that it cannot come loose. The CPSC crib safety standards ensure that all cribs manufactured in North America have a maximum distance of 2 3/8 inches between crib slats. Under no circumstances should a crib bumper pad be used to compensate for wider gaps in older cribs.
- A soft pillowy bumper can cause suffocation if baby's face becomes wedged against it. So use a crib bumper that is flat and firm - not pillowy.
- Crib bumpers can be used by older babies to help them climb out of the crib.
- So remove crib bumpers at five months or when the baby starts getting up onto his hands and knees, whichever occurs first.
Also, bear in mind that you can add and remove the bumper according to your baby's age. It seems obvious, but how many of us think of it? - no really?
The crib bumper only poses a suffocation hazard when the baby becomes mobile, so use it for a newborn, but not for a squirming eight weeks old who can wriggle herself into a corner only to get hopelessly stuck.
Put it back on again when the baby becomes more animated in his movement and starts bumping up against the sides of the crib in his efforts to crawl, but remove before he starts pulling himself up to a standing position. No climbing out of the crib for you!
It's called the on-off method and it works quite well!
- Use your puffy comforter or quilt as a wall-hanging in the baby nursery if you don't want it in the crib.
- Unwanted bumpers make great nursery window valances!
That takes care of the main baby bedding and crib bumper safety standards. In addition, there are many other infant safety factors that contribute to your baby's sleeping environment such as:
- Whether or not the crib you are using is safe.
- Where the crib is placed in the baby nursery room.
- The crib mattress.
- The temperature of the baby nursery.
- How you put your baby down to sleep.
All of these infant safety factors are important for the well-being of your baby, but there are far too many to list them all here. The best way to make sure you have everything covered is to use a nursery safety checklist when you are setting up your baby nursery.