.... put a bumper on if you want to get some sleep. So I gave in and bought/put the bumper on the cot a few days ago. I mean, DS is now 7.5m so its not a risk anymore, is it? I'm starting to second think ......
Gabster - I used one until DD was pulling herself up to stand in the cot as my concern was her trapping her head between the bumper and cot. Before that - used one no problem as her room was plenty cool enough and it stopped her banging her head..
Jelliebelly, yes that's what I'm worried about and DS sure does love to undo the strings (have now sown them together instead. Found him twice wedged in awkward position and could not free himself because he was stretching to reach that last fastener!!
Thanks LilRed, that sounds sensible. I tucked the bottom of the bumper down the side of the matress so he can't get underneath it but I might sow on some more tags and attach them underneath so he can't get the bottoms of them up.
OH - maybe this will jog someone's memory - it might have even been an ad in small businesses but I saw these cot bumpers that just covered two bars and did up with poppers - so you'd use a few to cover a small area, with no ties, and no restricting the airflow...
I think the 'no bumper' advice is both because of potential overheating as well as suffocation/strangulation.
MarlaSinger - could you have been referring to Bumpsters? http://www.bumpsters.co.uk
I've just bought this for my 20-week LO which I am hoping will help and be a good alternative to traditional cot bumpers (he's rolling all over his cot and getting his feet and arms stuck!): http://www.airwrap.com.au - it's made from breathable mesh, collapsible if you stand on it so can't be used as a step for when LO gets older, and thin so that you can fit it in between the mattress and the sides of the cot. Well, in theory anyway - it hasn't arrived yet!
i put a bumper back on DD's cot for this same reason, and to stop draughts - she's 10mo and the cot is on the lowest position. she would have to have amazing upper body stregth to use the bumper to climb out!
she rolls about in her cot all night long and was bashing into the sides, and it is tied on in lots of places with big knots. i can't see her undoing it, TBH
I plan to keep it there and just monitor her ability to undo it and her climbing. seems fine for now, though, and she sleeps much better with it there
Yes monopod, that's them, I think the woman who makes them had an ad on here once. My DS sleeps in his cot a lot more now and moves around so I thought about getting some - pricey though but reassuring that they don't carry the risks of traditional bumpers.
The other risk with the bumper as they're older is once they start pulling up; they can use it as a step to topple out over the top. And yes, they can get their heads trapped under and suffocate or break their neck. If you MUST put the bumper on, make it v. low so that the bottom of it is level with the BOTTOM of the mattress. Know the risks, assess them, and make an informed decision.