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#1 Leapstar

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 08:59 PM

Well for the second night Declan has managed to stick his foot between the slats of his cot and get it stuck. Not stuck stuck, but more of a case of he can't figure out how to rotate his foot to remove it. Never the less he still gets quite upset and cries and requires resettling, which is not a problem at this time of night but I would prefer not to be getting up to him in the middle of the night as was the case last night.
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!

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:07 PM

I used a mesh cot bumper from when Daniel was about 6 months old & then moved to a padded one when he was 12 months old.

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 do think as our babies get older a bumper like you are talking about is less of an "issue" much the same as blankets, pillows etc etc become less of an issue.

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

When angus was 10 weeks I called SiDS to seek their advice re sleeping as I wanted to tummy sleep Angus. They explained to me that the guidelines are there and we need to apply to our own situation, obviously not all of the safe sleeping advice will be met for each baby. In other words they told me to meet as much as I could. At that time I moved him back in my rom and did various order things do that he coiled tummy sleep but with much less risk applied to it.
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.

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:37 PM

I got a padded bumper after being woken up one morning by a 'Donk!'. P had shuffled her way down the cot to get as close to me as she could and bumped her head on the wooden cot.

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 smile.gif
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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:45 PM

I have the air flow ones and I feel totally comfortable about them. If you're unsure, just pull one out of the packet and try and breathe through one yourself.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 06:55 AM

Thanks for starting this post Leapstar smile.gif Was literally discussing these last night - my mum's a quilter/sewer and wanted to make me a cot bumper but she was uncertain about the SIDS implications - and I had NO idea! LOL!!

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 laugh.gif
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Posted 25 November 2010 - 08:22 AM

Thanks ladies. I will check out the airwrap ones when I get a chance to get to the shops! The little wriggle bum ended up turned right around in his cot lady night!!

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 09:21 AM

I personally would definitely go with the airwrap one. The problem with the padded bumpers is that they restrict the flow of air around the cot and that is the problem that SIDS and Kids has with them from what I understand.

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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