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Should I get a cot bumper?

(7 Posts)
AlmondFrangipani Sat 23-Mar-13 21:27:40


I have just bought a cotbed for our first baby which is due in Summer. I keep seeing lovely cot bumpers but have heard mixed things about their use. Do you use them??

upinthehills Sat 23-Mar-13 21:30:06

No and never would report here

nannynick Sat 23-Mar-13 21:38:59

No. Avoid anything like that.
At first your baby may well be in a Moses basket. Then when moving to the cot, keep it simple.

FSID: BabyZone, How to keep your baby safe and healthy (pdf)

Invest in a babysleeping bag for the winter, at which point your baby may be more wriggly than when they are newborn. Such as GroBag

Thurlow Sat 23-Mar-13 21:39:06

No, I've heard they're dangerous. DD has always slept right up against the side of the cot i.e. with her head pressed hard against it, but she's never once cried our or seemed to hurt herself. So - anecdotally, I know - I can't see that they are necessary.

rcs19 Sat 23-Mar-13 21:52:45

I didn't use bumpers as I'd heard they are a suffocation risk, and older babies can use them to climb out.

However, when we moved dd1 from crib to cot at 6.5months old, she kept getting her arms and legs stuck between the bars in her sleep. I found air wrap. It's a breathable, stretchy mesh strip that attaches with Velcro.

Dd slept with her face pressed into it and had no trouble breathing. As it's stretchy, it flattens if a child tries to stand on it and climb.

AlmondFrangipani Sun 24-Mar-13 18:45:10

Thanks for the advice, I wont be getting a bumper!! I have got sleep bag thing but was going to start with a Moses basket and swaddling at first and see how we go.

browntoes2 Tue 26-Mar-13 16:55:04

Get an unpadded moses basket and not one with a padded liner as they have the same concerns as cot bumpers. A thin Moses basket lining is recommended (fsid)to allow air to circulate.
You could also look for the (harmful) chemical free "Oeko-Tex" standard fabric in the moses basket. Oeko-Tex is an international standard popular in Germany, Sweeden, China etc. and are very strict to ban all harmful chemicals in fabric.

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