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Padded Walls

Selecting Your Bumpers

Crib bumpers have a way of dividing parents: users fear little limbs getting injured between crib slats; abstainers fear suffocation. There are solid arguments for (and against) both sides. “It’s personal,” says DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemieux. “You have to go with your gut. If you think it’s a hazard and it will worry you, skip the bumper.”

But for those keen on padding crib walls, there is no shortage of cute and stylish bumpers. It’s tough to keep up with all the new brands, but right now we’re loving Super Natural Baby’s Alphabet and Daisy collections, Lulu DK Matouk’s all-white Baby Marlin set, the plaid patterns by ducduc, the preppy quilted bumpers with turtles and snails by babyGap home, the sweet striped and polka dot options by Restoration Hardware baby&child, and quite possibly our favorite, Coyuchi’s George bumper cover.

Then of course there’s DwellStudio itself, which started the whole modern-design bumper craze and whose new Geometry and Dragonfly collections just hit stores for spring.

No matter your taste, keep in mind these bumper etiquette tips from Lemieux:

Wash the bumper every week, especially in winter when germs run rampant (consider buying more than one and rotating).

• Make sure there are no obvious gaps when tying on your bumper.

• Remove the bumper when your baby tries to use it as a step stool. 

• Refer to the JPMA site for safe sleeping guidelines.