I recently read a post about crib bumpers being banned in Chicago due to a high risk of suffocation. I was shocked to hear this since bumpers are still being sold in mainstream baby furniture stores.
Apparently, babies can roll next to or under the bumper and suffocate. Scary! So I did a little digging to find some safe alternatives to bumpers because I dont think there shouldn’t be anything there for protection. Here is what I found:
CozyWedge– This is a wedge that fits in between the mattress and crib, but isn’t padded, so it doesn’t form a pocket around the baby’s mouth to suffocate them. The slipcover is 100% organic cotton, and the CozyWedge retails at $60.
BreathableBaby– This is a mesh bumper that really is breathable. It comes in a variety of colors and prints, and also doesn’t have padding. You can buy one for about $25, and it’s available in most common baby bedding retailers, such as Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby.
What do you think? Are bumpers really that unsafe? Will you or have you used one of these safer alternatives?