Do NOT use crib bumper pads.
This is what I was told by several doctors and nurses during my first pregnancy. I even had to watch several safety videos after giving birth that included skipping out on crib bumper pads all together.
Crib bumpers (or bumper pads) may seem as though they can help protect babies from drafts and bumps, but they should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads can prevent serious injuries, and they pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. In addition, older babies can use them for climbing out of the crib. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Are there safer options?
Despite a lack of evidence that bumper pads can prevent serious injuries, companies like Savvy Baby, still opt to produce an apparently safer option: breathable, mesh bumper pads.
Savvy Baby claims,
SAFE SLEEP FOR BABY: Our mesh bumper reduces the risk of suffocation, entanglement and climbing. With soft padding and breathable mesh, little limbs are kept safely inside the crib.
I tested their mesh crib bumper in my crib. My baby hasn’t actually been using his crib because he climbed out with the mattress at the lowest setting at age 11 months despite not having any climbing material. He’s just a monkey. 🙂 Regardless, I wanted to see how this mesh bumper looked and worked because my sister is expecting a baby in January.
Maybe this could be a practical solution for mothers who feel like they need crib bumpers?
First, here’s a quick rundown of the product details as advertised:
- Breathable Mesh Fabric
- Made from hypoallergenic polyester fabric
- East to install in just minutes
- Includes a free eBook, Sleep Baby Sleep, The Top 10 Best Tips for Baby Sleep
- Machine Washable
- Easy to use Velcro closure with extra ties for the perfect fit
- Great baby shower gift for boys or girls
I installed the mesh bumpers and was unable to make it fit without gaps. (The gaps are between two bars close to the front, invisible in the picture above but the gap is as big as the space between two bars.) I spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to put the darn thing on despite the apparent ease of installation. I highly doubt that Savvy Baby intended on making a bumper with gaps, so I assume error on my part.
The material is breathable as advertised and provides a thin layer of cushion against hard crib bars.
Do I recommend using mesh crib bumpers?
As the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the use of anything in an infant’s crib, I personally cannot recommend mesh crib bumpers. However, every parent is responsible for making their own parenting decisions. It appears that Savvy Baby has put careful thought into their product design, with a special emphasis on reducing infant suffocation while sleeping in the crib. If interested in further information, please check out the links for more information: