As a new mom, your Spidey sense is in overdrive, watchful for anything that could possibly harm your little one. And for a protective parent, those hard wooden crib slats can seem especially suspect. What if baby hits her head? You might be tempted to turn to crib bumpers as a solution—but are crib bumpers safe? Hear what experts say about crib bumper safety and what alternatives you may want to use instead.
A crib bumper, or a crib liner, is designed to surround the interior sides of baby’s crib to prevent her from slipping her limbs through the slats or banging her head accidentally. But while they’re meant to protect baby, studies show they can actually have the opposite effect.