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Kristina

Just a comment on the so-called bumper pads. What's available today are not the pads of 30 years ago. I just helped my daughter get her baby's room ready. One of the gifts she received at her shower was a set of what look at first like bumper pads in the jungle theme she's doing the room in. But it's a mesh crib liner, not pads at all, and it is breathable if baby presses her face against it. Of course it will be removed long before baby is big enough to use them to leverage her way over the top of the crib. Not sure if that will make much difference. Her mama was able to climb out of her crib by wrapping her toes around the vertical slats. Sixteen months old and we had to put the crib mattress on the floor until we could get her a big girl bed.


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James Weske / JW Design, LLC

Casart Coverings, thank you for the information and comment! My comment on vinyl was primarily directed at waterproof mattress covers. No infant needs vinyl so close to their face all day and night while they nap and sleep away so many of their hours. Easily removable children's decals are a fun way to decorate without breaking the bank, offering the option to redecorate as the child grows and develops their own tastes/likes. I've used many of the Roommates decals with my kids' rooms and have had very good luck with they removability (moved homes when my 2nd child was on her way and brought all of my son's decals with us! I may have looked silly or thrifty, but I was mostly a sentimental parent wanting to hold onto his hot air balloon theme! lol) I understand there may be other brands of less quality on the market and hope people would do research before purchasing. Thanks for the link on benefits of vinyl! Great to know we can source a more "natural" form of vinyl ... oxymoron no more?? ;-)

   
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James Weske / JW Design, LLC

Kristina, thank you so much for your comment. I think all sides of this debate are worth a listen. While I didn't opt for bumpers with my kids, I know plenty of parents who did and were very conscious of removing them once their infant started to show signs of being able to move sleeping positions during the night. There will always be reasons for parents to be safety hawks as new parents often feel their main duty is to "keep their children alive." It's hard to believe I grew up in a time when seatbelts weren't an absolute. I am a seatbelt hawk now. I don't think anyone should be irresponsible with bumpers, pillows in the crib with a sleeping child, etc ... At this moment, it remains a personal choice and I think every parent should be informed about the choices they make and, if using bumpers, be extra diligent about removing them before they would ever present a problem. I also hear the comments of those wholly opposed to bumpers and find this a time of learning so that I am more careful in the future to foresee issues one might have with certain photos prior to using them to highlight an article. While we can't be ruled by what others think, we can have a respect for how we affect people. :-)

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