Liz and Roo

Do I Put Bumpers In My Crib?

You're having a baby....and there's a lot of information to read on safety in the crib. There are things you need to consider when buying crib bedding. First....bumpers? Or not?

Bumpers are extremely controversial and not recommended by the American Society of Pediatrics. There are risks inherent in bumpers that you should read about. There's great information provided by First Candle and the Society on the issue of bumper safety to help you make a decision. 

The good news? There is an alternative to bumpers...The crib rail cover, also known as a rail teething cover.

Crib rail covers provide a pretty finishing touch (and can easily replace the bumper from an aesthetic standpoint) and they also serve a function of protecting baby from ingesting wood when teething and protecting the wood against teething marks. Importantly, they are raised up on the rail, allowing air flow in the crib.

All Liz and Roo baby bedding 4-pc. sets are sold with crib rail covers. We love the look and functionality of a rail teething cover, plus the safety issues make the use of a rail cover pretty compelling!

Take a look at the rail cover option before making your decision. You will be surprised at how pretty your nursery will look and how many design options are available through Liz and Roo. Plus, you can monogram your rail cover to personalize the nursery. 


If, however, after reading all available information, if you make the decision that you do want bumpers in the crib at the appropriate age, there are things to look for when shopping for your bumper set. First is the fit of the bumper. It must cover the entire perimeter of the crib with no gaps. If you have gaps in the bumper, your baby can get wedged or stuck in those gaps, which is dangerous. The ties on the bumper must be sewn securely into the seams (there are regulations about this). They should not be attached to the outside or sewn under bias tape at the seam. Those ties risk being pulled off when your baby is older and is exploring the crib.  All ties must be able to be secured. A strong knot and then a bow will ensure your little one won't be untying the ribbons.

If you have a “convertible crib”, it likely has a solid back wood (future) headboard. If your bumper cannot be tied at every interval, meaning every tie completed, you should not put the bumpers in the crib. A bumper with a loose middle (not tied) is a risk for baby getting entangled in the bumper.

Liz and Roo baby bedding is made in the USA.  

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