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?
SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigationIf it was explainable (for instance, you can say this bumper caused it by smothering) it would not be SIDS. That warning essentially says "A higher than normal rate of unexplained deaths occured with babies using this product". They're legally required to do so, but in reality it only ends up scaring parents.