On a whim last week I took out the mesh bumper in Levi’s crib. It always looked sloppy to me, and I wanted to see if Levi could manage without it.
The short answer? No.
While Levi didn’t bang his head or get his limbs stuck in the bars (phew), he repeatedly lost his pacifiers through the slats of the crib. I’m not quite sure whether he purposefully threw them onto the floor or if he accidentally knocked them to the ground (my guess is that it was a combination of both), but not having his usual three or four pacifiers at hand definitely affected his quality of sleep – especially during naps.
When Levi is transitioning through sleep cycles, he often reaches out his arm to grab a pacifier and replace the one that fell out when he started to snooze. With all of them on the floor and out of reach, he had to pick up his head and open his eyes to search for one. He would start to cry when he couldn’t find any, resulting in several shorter naps and a few 4am outbursts.
So I replaced the mesh bumper with the padded, patterned one that came with his crib set and his sleep returned to normal. Of course, now I have to deal with crib bumper when I’m changing his sheet. I suppose I could’ve kept the bumper out and waited for him to learn to not need the pacifier, but I’m ok with him using it as a coping mechanism for now.
What about you? Crib bumper or no crib bumper? Pacifiers or no pacifiers?