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Jessi

I find it hard to understand how that last recommendation is even possible; with all my kids (who weren't particularly tall for their age), it was hard to keep them rear-facing all the way to 1 year because their legs were all scrunched up and they would cry because there was nowhere for them to put their legs! Has anyone else found this hard? And my kids were fairly thin - they'd be rear facing for quite a long time if they had to go to 35 lbs!! :)

tricia

That's a good point, Jessi. I do remember that being a bit of an issue with my own kids and I haven't read anything about that in the recommendations. What I know is that 1 yr. and 20lbs. is the minimum recommended for safety and is still okay, but what has been found is that keeping them rear-facing for longer is much better, so it should be done whenever possible. But the leg thing does seem an issue now doesn't it?

Amanda

I am constantly surprised by how many people still use bumpers in cribs! Sure, they do look cute and add a BIT of safety, but the risk is so great, I'm not sure why you would put your child at that risk. Ultimately, I believe God is in control, but He gives us minds to reason and think things through.

Jenna

I, myself, am going through the bumper issue right now. Amanda, I understand what you mean but I honestly didn't think it was such a hazard when purchasing my son's bedding. Every bedding set comes with it (no matter where you shop, low-end or high-end), and when we purchased it, there was no official warning out there - a la Tricia's posting. My friends and family used bumpers, and none of the books I read mentioned the bumpers as being a major hazard, including the 2007 Consumer Reports Best Baby Products book, which I relied heavily on for my safety concerns. It only mentioned it briefly - kind of in passing. Now that he's 6 months and rolling like crazy, he gets mighty close to the bumper. We took it off, but that resulted in him screaming because he'd get his arms and legs caught in the slats. So, I recently purchased a mesh bumper from the folks at Breathable Baby (www.breathablebaby.com). They sell them at Babies R Us, but only for slatted cribs (we have a solid-end crib, so I had to find the correct bumper online). I'm praying hard that he will be okay for a couple more nights before it arrives. Anyway, I guess I want to say that I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person, and my husband and I took a lot of time to do our research on items for our son. Maybe I was just fooled back then into thinking that because every bedding set came with one, it wasn't a big deal - but whatever the case, I'm sure I'm not alone in the mistake I made.

Tricia

Thanks so much for sharing Jenna! and for the great link! Just to add some further information to this discussion on crib safety, the recommendation on not using bumpers includes both strangulation and suffocation hazards and is accompanied by other recommendations against using any stuffed animals, pillows, or soft fluffy bedding such as quilts and comforters as well. Also, there should not be a gap larger than two fingers width between the sides of the crib and mattress. Also crib slats or spindles should not be wider than 2 3/8" apart (if you can pass a soda can through, it's too far apart.)

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