Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Crib bumpers

ive started working on the crib bumpers... my funds have been at a minimum this month so ive been having to get them a lil bit at a time...

i thought about using dollar store pool noodles, but for my crib the pipe insulation worked better because of the different sizes available and they are pre- slit..
the pipe insulation comes in varieties. there are self sealing types, there are rubber and foam and then variety of inner circle sizes....

for my crib bumpers ive purchased foam 1/2'' inner diameter for the side slats.


the measurement of my side slats were 24''. each piece of foam tubing made 3 bumpers.


there is a slight gap, but it works out beacuse it leaves space for the matress to fiut perfectly, and the gap will be covered anyways...
it doesnt fill in the gaps between the slats a whole lot but its just enough to keep knees from getting stuck between them.

The end slats are larger than the sides so i used the 3/4'' inner diameter foam pieces. the height of each slat is different so i placed each piece on and cut to shape as best as i could.


so far my total cost for foam bumpers is:
32 side slats- 24'' long
12 foam tubes- 97 cents (Lowes) =around $12

16 end slats- 26'' at longest
6 foam tubes- $1.08 (Lowes)= around $6.50-$7

Total: around $19 so far...

Retail for wonder bumpers: $99+

so far i am WAAAY under the retail price for my homemade version.

19 comments:

:D Kat said...

congratulations on your new baby! I love the idea for this. It's probably better that there is a gap between the slats so there is more air flow to help prevent SIDS. I may try this for my next baby.

91811 said...

hey,
i've been looking at different posts about the crib bumpers for the slats and so far this one has been the most helpful. i wanted to know roughly how much it might cost and exactly how much fabric to purchase... handmade is so much cheaper and more practical than spending a fortune on the Wonder Bumpers. Congrats to you on your new baby

Tiffany said...

Did you put any fabric around the wonder bumpers to make them cute or anything? and did you use Velcro?

Anonymous said...

I work in a hospital mom/baby unit and ran into a mom who had a swaddle blanket made by someone in CO who also makes wonder bumpers. Does anyone have a contact for this person? Greatly appreciated!!






Anonymous said...

I'm getting ready to make these for my own baby but I am a little concerned about the toxins in the insultation materials and the adhesive I'm going to use. Does anyone know if using pipe insulation is safe?

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Foam-By-Mail said...

This is a fantastic idea for pipe wrapping foam. Like you show, it's so easy to cut to size, and with just a little tape along the seam, you can eliminate the chance of once coming or getting pulled off.

Kolika C. said...

How did you cover the gap? How did you attach the fabric? Can you please post a complete tutorial? Also, way too many spam comments you might want to take care of.

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