Side to sleep. Back to sleep. No honey before age 1. Rear facing until age 2. No cow’s milk before age 1. There are lots of “recommendations” for a new baby these days. The one that I am currently pondering, is whether to use a bumper in baby #3′s crib. I used one for both Ella and Andrew – but not sure what to do now.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no evidence that crib bumpers protect against injury, but they do carry a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment because infants lack the motor skills or strength to turn their heads should they roll into something that obstructs their breathing. Scary.
Andrew loved his bumper. He would actually smoosh his entire face right into it and sleep all night. I’m pretty sure this is what the experts are afraid of. Ella, on the other hand, didn’t ever sleep too close to it. So, I’m sure she was fine.
I’ve actually already purchased bedding, but am contemplating taking the bumper back – but it’s so darn cute! Obviously, it’s not so cute that I want to put my baby at risk of death.
What are you thoughts? To use a crib bumper or not? Help me out!