Crib bumper safety and selection

Crib bumpers have long been a staple in crib bedding sets and nursery decor. They are designed to help keep your little one safe from hard knocks, and they also keep little arms and legs from getting stuck between crib slats. While you won't need crib bumpers right away, they will definitely become useful as your baby grows and begins to move about on her own.

Crib bumpers are not recommended for newborns; they are best used at around 6 months, when your baby is proficient at rolling over. This is also the time when you most need a baby crib bumper, as your child's ability to move around increases the risk of little limbs getting caught in crib slats. The bumpers should be removed a couple months later, when your child is sitting without support, or starting to hoist himself up into a standing position.

Installation

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.

Organic options

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.

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