Crib bumpers should be attached to all four sides of the crib all the way down to the mattress, when possible, as long as you are able to tie all the ties firmly around the slats. If you have a large panel of wood on a side of the crib that prevents you from using a set of ties, then do not put a bumper on that side. Ties should be no longer than nine inches; if they are longer, cut them down to reduce the risk of strangulation. Bumpers should be taut and should not sag.
Breathable crib bumpers
In the past, crib bumper pads were very large, fluffy, and pillow-like, and may have contributed to SIDS deaths. However, you can now find a breathable crib bumper with very light padding at many retail locations. Such bumpers are usually made from soft cotton in many colorful patterns, including those of favorite cartoon characters.
Mesh crib bumpers
Since some parents may not want solid crib bumpers, retailers have begun to market a variety of mesh crib bumper options. While these do not have padding to prevent hard knocks, they still keep your little one's hands and feet out of the spaces between the slats, and they offer greater visibility for you to keep an eye on your little sleeper. While mesh bumpers don't come in as many patterns, most companies will offer the choice between a blue, pink or white crib bumper.
If you are concerned about the use of toxic chemicals in the production of nursery bedding, you will be happy to know that you can purchase an organic crib bumper. This type of bumper is usually made from cotton grown without pesticides or harmful chemicals. In addition, organic crib bumpers tend to be processed and colored with fewer toxic chemicals and dyes. In fact, you can even purchase some bumpers made from plain, unbleached and dye-free fabric.
In as easy as five minutes, you can protect your baby from hard knocks and entrapment, when you install a crib bumper. Whether you are looking for something soft and colorful, or simple and breathable, Sears can help you find the perfect crib bumper for your nursery.