Are bumpers safe? Read the facts about Bumpers vs. Bumperless Bedding from First Candle, American Society of Pediatrics and Liz and Roo Fine Baby Bedding.
It’s official. You’re having a baby! Now comes time to determine how to outfit or decorate the nursery. What do you really need? There are so many options out there to consider. Beyond décor, color, style and patterns, however, there are issues of safety in nursery or crib bedding. There are things you need to consider when buying crib bedding. First, you may ask yourself if you will put a bumper in the crib or not.
Bumpers are controversial and not recommended by the American Society of Pediatrics. There's great information provided by First Candle on the issue of bumper safety that you should read.
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. First and foremost 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. You also want a bumper set that has enough of “fill”, or polyfill. Thin bumper sets, which are very inexpensive, are dangerous because they are thin and flimsy, posing a risk of baby sticking an arm or leg through the gaps. Remember, too, that you will wash your bumper and it will likely shrink, so having a bumper with a tight fit is important.
The ties on the bumper 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. All ties must be able to be secured. Recommended tie length is 9 inches.
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 crib rail teething cover.
Crib Rail Covers provide a pretty finishing touch (and can easily replace the bumper from a “look” standpoint) and they also serve a function of protecting the wood against teething marks and more importantly, protect baby from ingesting wood. 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 crib 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. Plus, all our bedding is made in the USA.