- A pacifier hitting the floor
- My shoulder slamming into the doorway as I navigate in the dark to Avery’s crib
- Avery’s head bonking the side of the crib
These three little things all contribute to a difficult night. Avery wakes up because his pacifier dropped out the side of the crib. I have to go searching, in the dark, usually bumping into something on the way, find the pacifier, wash it in the bathroom, and get it to him. If I don’t do this fast enough, he’ll get very mad and can’t be consoled without a bottle. And many times after I’ve put Avery down for the night, and he’s still babbling and rolling around in his crib before falling asleep, I hear a ‘bonk’ followed by an immediate ‘Wahhh!’ Because our little guy tosses and turns and twists himself in the crib that he hits his head, and sometimes I go in to check on him and he’s got both feet sticking out through the sides of the crib.
So, if you remember back, we decided to take the bumpers off the crib before Avery used it – because they could cause SIDS. We put the bumpers up on the wall as a border, and it actually looked really good…
And this worked well because we weren’t worried about Avery in the middle of the night. But not that Avery is very mobile, sleeps on his belly, and has a loose blanket with him at night, we thought safe to put the bumpers back in.
Oh, and if you noticed, we took the mobile down. Avery now has a nightlight that projects images onto the ceiling and the mobile was in the way… plus that thing only lasted like 2-3 minutes and then we’d have to go wind it up again. The new nursery player we has is set to 20 minutes. Plus, soon, Avery will be pulling himself up in the crib and we don’t want him grabbing and pulling down the mobile, so it all works out…
Did/do you use crib bumpers? We hear that they’re outlawed in some states. What about a mobile? Was/is yours useful or did your little one outgrow it?