Nate & I did something very controversial this weekend. We put the crib bumpers back on Grace’s crib. Reading that last sentence, you will probably have one of the three reactions:
1) Gasp of Horror! How could you!??!
2) *Rolling Eyes* So what? I always use them.
For those who don’t know, crib bumpers are a big crib no-no according to safety experts. Not using bumpers in your crib is just one of the safety precautions that the experts recommend when talking about SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) protection. There is no known cause of SIDS, but there are several things you can do to help lower the risk.
Before Grace was born Nate & I talked about if we should use crib bumpers or not. Grace was going to be sleeping in her crib from day one. We decided that she won’t be moving around at all as a newborn so we’ll go ahead and use the bumpers. Once Grace starts moving then we’ll relook at the situation.
Well… The night we brought Grace home from the hospital Nate took the bumpers off the crib. Once he saw her in there he got nervous and decided that it wasn’t worth the risk. The bumpers have been off ever since.
Grace is now almost 5 months old and we decided to give the bumpers a try. Why? Because I got tired of fetching Grace’s pacifier from underneath the crib in the middle of the night! Grace wakes us up sometimes when she looses her pacifier and Nate or I have to give it back to her. That isn’t a big deal, but she always seems to drop her pacifier so it falls behind the crib. The night that I pulled a muscle reaching for her pacifier was the night I had enough!
So the bumpers are back on.
I’m curious, what are your thoughts on crib bumpers? Did you ever use them or did they make you nervous?