We are so excited to announce that today, February 22nd, BreathableBaby is throwing BabyCenter Community’s May 2013 Birth Club a baby shower! BreathableBaby products are dedicated to safer sleep for your baby. Their mesh crib liner is a product many moms are turning to in place of using traditional crib bumpers. Today’s Baby Shower will…
I really value my sleep, and I refuse to accept that babies just don’t sleep at night. When I had the opportunity to check out the Breathable PocketSwaddle I jumped on it. I have two baby product obsessions – swaddle blankets and strollers. The right stroller allows me to enjoy the city on a day to day basis, and the right swaddle blanket allows my baby and I to both sleep.
As new parents we have so much to worry about, especially during your child’s sleep. Our parenting instincts kick in and whether you were a heavy sleeper before, you now wake up at the tiniest little crack. A child’s crib should be a safe place for them to sleep and a time where you can catch up on some much needed rest as well, but there is always the thought of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). What most people don’t realize is…
When I was pregnant with my first son, Oscar, I was a tad obsessed with reading parenting books, parenting websites, parenting blogs and talking to other parents. Part of it was wanting to do everything right (ha!) and part of it…
Every parent of a child who sleeps in a crib should have a Breathable Mesh Crib Liner.
When Raffi was born I followed all the SIDS prevention guidelines and had nothing in the crib but the mattress, fitted sheet, pacifier and baby. At 3 months old Raffi learned how to roll both ways (the same week we moved- it was a nightmare).
Health Officials Concerned About Crib Bumper Pads WLWT5 9.28.11
CINCINNATI — Health officials are looking to ban the sale of bumper pads for baby cribs, saying they pose more unnecessary risks to infants.
Maryland’s health department recommended banning the bumpers because they said the pads could suffocate or strangle babies, and Chicago’s city council banned them earlier this month.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has also been taking a look at the safety of the pads.
Manufacturers say the cushions keep babies from hitting their heads, but officials say research shows most babies can’t exert enough force to hurt themselves and bumpers do more harm than good.
The Kotsis family plan to use a mesh barrier instead of a bumper pad for their 3-month-old son, Dio.
“We still wanted bumpers because we were afraid the baby’s hands would come through the slats or his leg could get caught,” said mother Eleni Kotsis. “I did a little test, and you can breathe through it, and I felt confident the baby could breathe through it.”
Maryland’s ban, if approved, would make exceptions for older children or children with special needs.
Bumper pads make a crib look cozy, but new research shows that almost all of them are dangerous, since bumpers or their ties can suffocate or strangle a baby. And they don’t prevent any major injuries, so they’re not worth the risk, says lead study author Bradley Thach, M.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, who analyzed 20 years of data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Presently, guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say that bumpers are fine as long as the pads are not “pillow-like” and are securely attached to the crib. But the AAP may change its recommendation in the future, as the study found firm pads can be dangerous, too (trapping an infant’s head in the space between bumper and mattress). So for now it’s safest to avoid using bumpers—or at least practice these tips:
Safer Solution. Go mesh.A breathable mesh bumper that’s snugly attached should be a safer way to keep little arms and legs from slipping through the rails.
Keep ties short. The study found bumpers on the market with ties longer than 9 inches, which are a strangulation hazard. After you’ve tied on the bumpers, make sure you trim any excess.
“This flat mesh bumper is safer than other kinds when it comes to SIDS, and it kept my infant’s leg from getting struck between the crib slats – something that was waking him up every night. It’s now my official baby shower gift.”
“BreathableBaby’s Breathable Bumper: This bumper is made from breathable cushioned mesh, so the risk of carbon dioxide poisoning (re-breathing one’s own air) is almost eliminated if your baby rolls over and presses her face to it. A portion of every sale goes towards SIDS research.”
“Protection and Comfort BreathableBaby Bumper: This bumper is made of breathable mesh to protect your baby from suffocation should he roll over in his sleep and press his face into it. You can get it for about $25 at most Babies “R” Us, Baby Depot and Target online stores. A portion of all sales are donated to the First Candle/ SIDS Alliance.”
“The BreathableBaby Bumper and CribShield: Made from breathable cushioned mesh, this bumper eliminates the possibility of carbon dioxide poisoning (re-breathing one’s own air) if your baby rolls over and presses her face to the bumper. Another alternative, the CribShield offers full side and rail coverage to protect your baby from getting stuck in the slats. A portion of every sale goes towards SIDS research.”
“Experts say to keep anything fluffy-quilts, pillows, stuffed animals, and thick blankets-out of baby’s crib to prevent accidental suffocation. Here are products that make for even safer sleeping for infants:
BreathableBabys’ Breathable Bumper is made of mesh as an alternative to traditional bumpers.”
“The BreathableBaby crib bumper is made of breathable cushioned mesh, should baby roll over and end up sleeping with her face toward the bumper. (Re-breathing, or breathing in one’s own carbon dioxide, is thought to be another risk factor for SIDS.) In white. A percentage of every sale goes to a SIDS charity.”