Cot bumpers yes or no?
Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:59 PM
So the question is do you use cot bumpers or are they a real no no?
I have looked online and found some mesh ones which allow for some airflow which would make th safer, but I guess I still have concerns given the fact that cot bumpers are not recommended for use by the SIDS guidelines.
Any advice would be much appreciated!
Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:07 PM
I initially bought it to help keep his dummies in the cot as they kept getting knocked out onto the floor through the rails and then he'd call out as he couldn't find them. I moved to a padded one at 12 months as he was knocking his head quite a bit even through the mesh one.
I was never concerned about the mesh one as he was already 6 months old & moved around in the cot a lot by that age so I knew he could move away if his face was right up next to it. Also I held the mesh up to my face & could easily breathe through it.
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:09 PM
I was looking at getting the mesh bumper for the same reason, but before I even ordered it Ben just got used to getting his foot or sometimes who leg stuck and he will actually fall asleep like that now so I haven't bothered.
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:26 PM
FWIW we use the mesh bumpers and they are just enough to keep limbs in with being quite safe. It is really a personal choice but the risk of SIDS does reduce significantly from 6 months so I do fairly confidently use bumpers now.
Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:37 PM
We've never had any issues with it.
Now she moves around in the cot like a crazy woman so I could probably take it off, but I haven't. She likes looking at the pretty animals on it anyway
Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:45 PM
Posted 25 November 2010 - 06:55 AM
I had assumed we'd use the airflow one during summer and switch to the bumper she made in winter. I feel confident now about using the airflow one - will still get her to make the bumper for us now - but might wait until little mister is a little older before we actually put it in the cot.
If mum makes them so they're all separate (so 4 pieces - not sure if that's how they're all made anyway LOL) but if she did that, could we still put the bumper at the top and bottom of the bed to save any head 'donking' like Ms Gems little P did - that way it won't restrict air flow - if he's anything like DH & I he'll be a contortionist in bed
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Posted 25 November 2010 - 08:22 AM
Posted 25 November 2010 - 09:21 AM
I went through the stage of Cate getting her arms/legs stuck and hitting her head on the end of the cot but it didn't last very long at all. Haven't had the problem at all with Charlie yet so hoping it has passed us by.
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