Crib Bumpers and Bumper Alternatives
Decorating and planning the nursery are exciting milestones in having a baby. But, there are things you need to consider when buying crib bedding. First, you need to consider the question of bumpers in the crib.
Crib bumpers are not recommended by the American Pediatric Society. Read the information provided by First Candle and the American Pediatric Society on the issue of bumper safety.
If after reading all available information, you make the decision that you do want bumpers in the crib, there are things to look for when shopping for your bumper set. Most important is the fit of the bumper. It must cover the entire perimeter of the crib with no gaps. You also want a bumper set that has plenty of “fill”. Thin bumper sets, which are prevalent at big box stores, (and also very inexpensive) are dangerous because they are thin and flimsy, posing a risk of baby sticking an arm or leg through the gaps.
The ties on the bumper are recommended to be no more than 9″ long, and must be sewn securely into the seams. 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.
If you have purchased the very popular “convertible crib”, it likely has a solid back wood 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 also a risk for baby getting entangled in the bumper.
The alternative to bumpers is the rail cover, also known as a rail teething cover, as shown below. This is Liz and Roo’s “Bella” Striped Rail cover.
Rail covers provide a pretty finishing touch (and can easily replace the bumper from a design standpoint) and they also serve a function of protecting the wood against teething marks. All Liz and Roo baby bedding sets are sold with rail covers. We love the look and functionality of a rail cover plus the safety issues make use of a rail cover compelling.
Take a look at the rail cover option before making your decision! You will be surprised at how nice your nursery can look and how many design options are available through Liz and Roo.
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