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Some people say it's fine til baby is mobile but I don't use the bumper at all. I'm hoping for a mesh bumper this time just to keep little arms and legs in though. When my son was just a newborn, he would somehow wriggle himself to the side of our basinett and I'd wake up to his face being smushed up agains the side of the thing, I don't know HOW he did it because I'd always put him in the middle but boy that scared me so much we put him in his crib when he was about 4 weeks old. I honestly don't know why they still sell the regular bumpers with the crib bedding because they are unsafe. Sure, after they are older you can put it in but what's the point. I'd rather they just take them out and lower the price or find something else to put in the crib sets! LOL
I used one with DD and had no problems, but after being further educated on them through the years I will not be using one this time. I will use the breathable kind. And yes they are a pain when changing the sheets
I used one with Maidson and probably will with the next one... but Baby will probably sleep with me for 6-9 months like Maidson did so by the time she was in her crib I thought it was safe... until she used them to climb on.
I used them with my now 11 year old because I never even heard not to back then. But when we went to the welcome baby class at the hospital before Tristan was born they told us not to. They said that they stop the circulation of air through the crib and increases your baby's risk of getting sids. Also they said when they were first created it was to keep babies heads from getting stuck between the slats of the crib, but now they make them so thinly spaced that that is impossible. They told us that most people think (as did we) that their purpose was to keep baby from bumping their heads but that by the time the baby can lift their heads the bumpers should have already been taken out anyway. We still contemplated keeping the bumpers for Tristan, but then a baby at our church died of sids and I couldn't take the chance and took them out. We never had a problem with him bumping his head or getting his limbs stuck. We will not be using them for baby Zoë