Our son is 18 months old and sleeps in a crib. He sleeps well, but he moves around a lot and really "explores" the crib's space during the night! This isn't a problem per se, but it often causes him to hit his head on the crib. We can hear a bang! whenever it happens. Sometimes it's so loud that I seriously worry he might be suffering minor concussions... It happens usually two or three times between between his bedtime at around 19:30 and when my wife and I go to bed at around 22:00.
One option we have heard about is what is often called a "bettnest" in German and I think maybe "bumpers" in English. Here's an example: http://www.waschbaer.de/Bettnest--17559d2a369410.html. We didn't have one at first because the German government advises against them (as do many pediatricians, I think) because of an apparent increase in the risk of SIDS, among other things.
- Has anyone experienced this kind of head-bonking phenomenon?
- If so, what did you do about it, if anything? Or what might you recommend doing to cushion the impact?
- Do the health warnings applied to crib bumbers like the one linked to above still apply to an 18 month old?