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When is it safe to take the bumper pads off of my crib?

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
Now: Bumper pads on cribs are not a necessity. In fact, they could pose a suffocation or entrapment risk to infants and toddlers. They may look cute because they match the room decor, but honestly, the risk of an infant suffocating or strangling is just not worth it. I would remove them now and urge other parents to not use them at all.
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Dr. Lois Chiu
14 years experience
No pads: Bumper pads shouldn't be used at all. They can trap an infant between the pad and rails.
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Is it safe to use crib bumpers?

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Crib bumpers have been shown to be a major suffocation and strangulation risk for infants. Although sold as part of elaborate crib bedding ensembles, crib bumpers are not needed, and in fact, they are hazardous to your baby's sleep health. When preparing your baby's crib, keep this in mind: bare, boring, and no crib bumpers. Use only a tight fitting mattress and crib sheet in your baby's crib.
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