Even though crib bumpers are associated with an increased risk of SIDS, bumpers are still widely available and used. As every parent of a moving baby knows, there are also other risks associated with not using them. SIDS is definitely a concern that was on my mind all the way til my boys’ first birthday, but without a bumper, so were head injuries from nap time crib gymnastics. And nothing undermines sleep training like having to fish your now crying baby’s feet out from between his crib rails after he fell asleep playing in them. Wonder Bumpers are a thoughtful and innovative solution to this problem, made for parents, by parents. Because I don’t have a baby anymore, my three-month-old nephew got a chance to try them out.
Wonder Bumpers come in a set of individual bumpers that you zip around each crib rail separately, leaving space between the rails for airflow. They are secured by zippers so that your child can’t pull them down onto himself, and while traditional bumpers get pushed down and stepped on, these vertical bumpers are always standing tall and looking new, no matter how your child plays on them.
They are very soft to the touch and while many of them are sold as sets, you can also buy them individually, which allows you to mix and match to fit your nursery color scheme perfectly. I find the vertical bumpers to be very modern and unique; a great place to throw some color into your nursery. Other designs that I find especially cute are the baby blue birds nursery set, the pink and cream set for a girl, and if you’re looking for a neutral design, the grey and yellow set is really perfect as well.
Baby Oliver seems to like his new bed quite a bit, and so does his mommy. She sleeps a lot better knowing that she is doing everything she can to reduce his risk of SIDS and at the same time making his crib a soft and cozy place for him to learn to sleep.