.. That is the question one of my mama friends asked on Facebook today.
Traditionally, or at least when I was a kid most of the babies had crib bumpers to protect their heads when they rolled around in the crib. The bumpers also prevented little limbs from getting stuck in the middle of the night. In the 21st century, crib bumpers are discouraged due to suffocation hazard and research has shown a higher chance of the very scary Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). But are crib bumpers as dangerous as they suggest?
This is a highly controversial topic and the number of comments on my friend's Facebook page is proof: people have their opinions and their anecdotes and their reasonings for everything.
One person commented that breast fed babies in non-smoking homes are at the lowest risk for SIDS, so if your baby meets these qualifications and if you think you need the bumpers to prevent a concussion then by all means, go ahead! (Summary from the discussion)
Someone else referenced that if the baby is rolling then he should be able to roll away if he is having trouble breathing. So again, another yes for the bumpers.
In the middle camp, a couple of people suggested using the mesh bumpers if you were going to use any. This would solve both the suffocation hazard as well as the head bump hazard.
Others were firmly against the idea no matter what, citing nightmare stories from parenting magazines. SIDS did show significant decrease when the AAP started recommending no bumpers on cribs.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Did you use bumpers for your kids? Why or why not? I'd love to hear some stories!
Please note that any comments are moms and dads sharing notes with other parents and should not be the sole basis for any decision made. Consult your pediatrician if you are truly concerned on this issue.