Sunday, May 15, 2011

To Bumper or Not to Bumper

When I went shopping for baby stuff, I knew I wasn't going to get a fancy crib set and accessories for the baby's room. I didn't think it was worth the money. We wouldn't use a big, warm blanket in Arizona, and I thought everything else unnecessary or silly. However, I did want a bumper. I found a jungle-themed one at the thrift store for $2.49. We recently replaced it with a cuter same-priced, thrift-store, jungle-themed one.

I did not know until after the baby was born that crib sets are not safe, including bumpers. Bumpers are meant to protect the baby's tender body from bumping into the wooden crib slats. But they can be suffocation hazards. I knew pillows and stuffed animals were, but the bumpers surprised me.

Once my baby started rolling, I removed the bumper. However, then he would wake up because his foot or arm would get stuck in the slats (not really, the slats are wide enough) and he couldn't figure out how to get it out. So we put the bumper back in. Now he uses it to try to climb out of the crib--don't worry, we lowered the crib so he can't.

I also read somewhere that even mobiles could be dangerous. We have a musical one that the baby loves to watch and listen to. Also, blankets can be hazardous to a rolling baby. Luckily for us, it's too hot to use blankets.

My question is, if certain popular baby items are unsafe, why are they sold and bought? What do you have in your baby's room and crib? What safety precautions do you take or not take?


sell my baby stuff said...

It's good to hear your experiences during the times when you buy some baby items for your baby.

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