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Cot bumpers - pretty or useful? Both or neither?

(27 Posts)
wobblyweeble82 Sun 31-Jul-11 22:01:11

Do cot bumpers have a purpose? Are they just decorative or do they have a use? Will they make my DD feel secure or are they just for aesthetics? Can somebody please explain why or should or shouldn't buy one as DH and I can't make our minds up! confused

Meglet Sun 31-Jul-11 22:03:41

I don't think they're very safe TBH, the baby could get squashed up against them.

We never used them. I rather my dc's bumped their heads.

mrsnesbit Sun 31-Jul-11 22:05:18

oooh useful becuase of the vomit you see! It doesnt spray/leak/drip out of the cot onto the floor....the bumbers contain the vom you see.

Also when they begin rolling around, its softer on their little body parts than the wooden rails as they wedge up against them.

defo useful!

zorgmoid Sun 31-Jul-11 22:07:11

dangerous. unneccesary.

never had a problem with spraying vomit either (ewww mrsnesbit)

Flisspaps Sun 31-Jul-11 22:07:48

They're not advised for under-ones due to the risk of suffocation/strangulation if baby rolls against it or if a tie comes loose and the bumper is over the baby's head (I think, however I might be wrong about that) Then when your baby is mobile then there's a chance they can use the bumper as a 'step' and climb up on it. Seems to be a very small window where they're OK (if any at all!)

We haven't bothered, DD is 17mo. We thought it was unnecessary and it's quite nice for her to be able to see out of the cot without getting up, especially before she could sit by herself smile

wobblyweeble82 Sun 31-Jul-11 22:07:48

Ha ha mrs nesbit - never thought of them as vomit catchers before!

Esian Sun 31-Jul-11 22:09:52

I don't think you're supposed to use them until baby is 6 months or so. We have one which was given to us - it looks nice and is useful for blocking out the light from the landing iyswim, and also DD can't see past it when she's lying down so we can creep past her room without being seen.

Have a sneaking feeling she's using it to wipe her nose on as well hmm

mrsnesbit Sun 31-Jul-11 22:09:55

Same applies for overflowing poo...specially the runny stuff....

hiccymapops Sun 31-Jul-11 22:10:32

I bought them for ds1, then I read on the labels that they weren't suitable under 12 months, by which time you don't need them!

Jojay Sun 31-Jul-11 22:10:33

At best, pointless and a waste of money. At worst, dangerous.

I wouldn't bother.

outthere Sun 31-Jul-11 22:14:11

We had them but I took them out when I realised how hot and stuffy they made the cot. I'd also heard the suffocation thing - even if baby doesn't actually become "tangled up" in it I can see how they may restrict the amount of oxygen available... won't be using one this time.

Nagini Sun 31-Jul-11 22:24:21

I use one down the side of the cot so 8MO DD doesn't stick her legs through the bars at naptime (at night she's in a bag)

A blanket tucked under the mattress would work just as well TBH.

You don't need one.

Soon she's going to pull herself up and I'll have to get rid of it.

princessProudmel Sun 31-Jul-11 22:32:47

All my 3 have had one. ds2 still uses his.
I like them as it stops their legs getting stuck in the bars, it makes it more comfy when they roll into the sides. It used to stop ds1's dummy falling out through the bars.
It is highly unlikely it would come undone as it is tied on with about 15 ties . It goes around the entire (oval shaped ) cot. And the ties are not long enough to go round a neck. They are only just long enough for me to tie them on in a double knot.

wobblyweeble82 Sun 31-Jul-11 22:34:41

Thanks for your opinions folks. Can I ask what the difference re lack of air flow/oxygen is between a Moses basket and a bumper?

ipredicttrouble Sun 31-Jul-11 22:36:18

Pretty not useful. Not overly dangerous IMHO.

orangehead Sun 31-Jul-11 22:36:36

Told at antenatal classes not to use them due to risk of suffocation/strangulation

Parietal Sun 31-Jul-11 22:37:11

Not pretty. Rarely useful.

EdithWeston Sun 31-Jul-11 22:38:36

FSID now say that latest research indicates cot bumpers have neither good nor bad effects. You do however need to ensure they remain in good condition and do not have any trailing parts. Also, they recommend you cease use at c 6 months, as they really do aid small escapologists.

I never had one. They struck me as neither use nor ornament. But if you're flush and you like how they look, then go for it.

jaggythistle Sun 31-Jul-11 22:41:56

i didn't use the cloth ones, but still have 'airwrap' ones on ds's cot at 22months. sorry can't do link on phone, you can always google i guess. smile

they are lightweight padded mesh so they're safer. they just velcro on and slide down when climbed on so not so good for escaping.

i just got them to avoid the legs through the bars and the indentations from DS sleeping right against them as he likes to do!

jaggythistle Sun 31-Jul-11 22:43:34

indentations on his head, not the bars i mean. grin

wobblyweeble82 Mon 01-Aug-11 05:18:40

Thanks everyone, much appreciated smile

sleepywombat Mon 01-Aug-11 05:38:08

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sleepywombat Mon 01-Aug-11 05:38:35

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Sargesaweyes Mon 01-Aug-11 06:20:20

We got one and have been told by midwife not 2 use it. Different 2 Moses basket as they don't roll about when in one. I have taken mine out of cot now and will find some other purpose for it as hate wasting money

wobblyweeble82 Mon 01-Aug-11 09:34:39

Thanks for the link sleepywombat - will delve further into that. If they're as dangerous as most of you are suggesting it beggars belief how they're still on sale. I think we're going to leave it and then if tanglement becomes an issue or she HATES the cot or is getting draughty (sp? don't think I've ever written that before?!) we might look into the air wrap ones.

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