Re: Crib bumper pads
A pediatrician in my moms' group (2 years ago) said it's okay to use a bumper but by 6 months you should drop the crib matress to the bottom rung and take the bumper out because they can prop themselves up on it and fall out of the crib (not actually climb at that age, but they're top heavy, so if they get ahold of the crib rail, they can get themselves out and over head first). We've had the bumper in for DS. He is 5 months and a squirmer. He was fine until he moved around too much to be swaddled anymore and pushes up against the bumper, so we took it out because we were afraid of suffocation. That night he didn't sleep a wink because he kept getting his arms and legs stuck and bumping his face on the crib rails...stinker! So, last week I bought the breatheable mesh bumper, which keeps his arms and legs from getting stuck, and he doesn't like the feel of it, so he doesn't bury his face in it anymore. I'm still a little concerned about him using it to fall out of the crib relatively soon, although it's lighter and more collapsable than a normal fabric padded bumper, so I ordered the breatheable mesh crib shield that goes over the rail and all the way down. I could only find it on-line (free shipping if you have it shipped to a Walmart store, and you can return it at the store if it doesn't work out). It hasn't come in yet, but I'd really be lost without the breatheable mesh bumper right now.