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The Best Crib Bumpers & Liners Reviewed in 2019

last updated May 12, 2019

Plenty of things go bump in the night, but your baby shouldn’t be one of them. Crib liners are a safe, easy way to ensure that your child not only sleeps soundly but safely through the night. Made from various kinds of padding, these fabric liners fasten to standard baby cribs and protect little ones from rolling over and knocking their noggin in the middle of the night, as well as fingers and toes from getting caught between the bars.

When shopping for a crib bumper, often the most appealing factor is the aesthetic design. Crib liners come in lots of colors and with various prints. If you’re handy, you might even find patterns to sew your own! But if you prefer to buy from the best, we’ve got the market’s top 10 options right here.

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American Baby Company Cotton
94/100 our score
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
94
Safety
94
American Baby Company Cotton
Why is it better?

Lead-free material

High thread count for comfort

Zigzag pattern available in 12 different colors

Pattern design is on both sides of the cushions

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
Comfort
94%
Ease of Use
94%
Safety
94%
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$42.99
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
Comfort
95%
Ease of Use
92%
Safety
95%
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$69.99
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.7
Comfort
94%
Ease of Use
93%
Safety
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.05.19)
$14.99
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.7
Comfort
93%
Ease of Use
95%
Safety
93%
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$22.53
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
Comfort
94%
Ease of Use
91%
Safety
95%
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$34.99
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
Comfort
94%
Ease of Use
93%
Safety
93%
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$20.99
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
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94%
Ease of Use
93%
Safety
93%
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$29.99
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
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94%
Ease of Use
90%
Safety
95%
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$64.95
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Comfort
92%
Ease of Use
91%
Safety
94%
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$109.99
#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
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93%
Ease of Use
90%
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93%
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$38.00
In depth review top 10
  • American Baby Company Cotton
  • LOAOL Knotted Braided Plush
  • Disney Traditional Padded
  • BreathableBaby Mesh Printed
  • TILLYOU Padded Breathable
  • BreathableBaby Safari Fun Too
  • TILLYOU 100% Silky Soft
  • NoJo Traditional
  • Bacati Elephants Blue/Grey
  • Bedtime Originals Jungle Buddies
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10 Best Baby Crib Bumpers & Liners Reviewed

1. American Baby Company Cotton

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
American Baby Company Cotton
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
94
Safety
94
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$42.99

Lead-free material

High thread count for comfort

Zigzag pattern available in 12 different colors

Pattern design is on both sides of the cushions

May have an unusual odor from original packaging

Fabric sags in the space between ties

It’s a very versatile pattern made more dynamic by the number of colors to choose from. It gives a nice option from the usual cartoon character scenes and patterns that many makers of bumpers seem to use and rely on. Using 100% cotton with a good thread count for the outer shell makes it quite durable.

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Comfort

This zigzag patterned bumper comes in multiple colors to choose from. It fits pretty much any standard sized crib. The shell is 100% cotton with a thread count of 220. The inner filling is polyester. Overall, it’s an item of high quality and comfort.

Ease of Use

A cold machine wash is recommended and it has a height of 10 inches. It fits a standard 28x52 in the crib. Full lengthwise construction with ties at the four posts to minimize fuss.

Safety

It has a reasonably good height for protection, which can only be outweighed by the comfort factor provided by the cotton outer shell and high thread count of the fabric.

2. LOAOL Knotted Braided Plush

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
LOAOL Knotted Braided Plush
Comfort
95
Ease of Use
92
Safety
95
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$69.99

Nontoxic

Easy to assemble

Can be purchased in different sizes

Can be used for other purposes

Fun, funky texture and design

Some users had trouble getting it to stay up and in place; we suggest adding fastening ties if you find it slides

It looks a little funky, but personally, we like that. This knotted braid bumper by LOAOL is filled with non-toxic, extra thin PP cotton filling and perfectly sized to cover all four sides of a standard crib without requiring any ties to fasten it.

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Comfort

This bumper certainly is a different style than most of its competitors, but we think it’s kind of refreshing, and we feel certain that baby will love how dynamic it looks, as well as how soft it feels!

Ease of Use

It’s versatile, capable of being used as a back cushion, sleeping pillow, or bedding decor once the baby has outgrown the need for it in their crib. It can be spot cleaned, washed on a low temperature, and dried in the shade. It’s ultra-soft and comes in a true pretty pink color.

Safety

This plush knotted braid bumper is filled with nontoxic, thin cotton to give baby ample padding. It slides through the slates of the crib much like a mesh bumper and is a fun texture baby will love.

3. Disney Traditional Padded

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.7
Disney Traditional Padded
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
93
Safety
94
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$14.99

Cute Minnie design

Nice foam padding to protect baby’s head

Fits standard sized cribs

Cotton blend fabric

Fits a little loose

Would be more secure with additional ties

Feeling pretty in pink? So is Minnie. This 4-piece pink crib bumper comes in a sweet, soft pink emblazoned with Minnie silhouettes all across the fabric.

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Comfort

Keep your kiddo company with these cute Minnie Mouse designs. Choose between a simple silhouette print (the more economical option), and a makeshift Minnie mural, complete with butterflies (a pricier option, but a beautiful one if you’re in it for the aesthetics).

Ease of Use

The bumpers (two long and two short) tie around the slats in your crib to keep them upright and stop your child from accidentally getting themselves stuck in the throes of a jailbreak. It’s simple and straightforward, and of pretty solid quality for its price point. The Disney design is cute, and the installation is supremely easy; just tie the fasteners around the crib slats and you’re good to go.

Safety

The sizing fits most standard and convertible cribs (the crib dimensions they suggest are 28” x 52”) and the padding is just less than an inch thick, making it cushy enough to save flailing little limbs, without being so thick as to impede upon baby’s space or trap too much heat in the enclosure.

4. BreathableBaby Mesh Printed

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.7
BreathableBaby Mesh Printed
Comfort
93
Ease of Use
95
Safety
93
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$22.53

More breathable than traditional options

Adorable two-by-two animal print

Prevents arms and legs from getting stuck between crib rungs

No chemicals

The liner is pretty transparent so you can see baby from all angles

Machine washable

No padding

Tested for air permeability, this Mesh Liner might be just the answer you’re looking for if the usual padded bumpers feel too claustrophobic for your baby. The product is machine washable and comes printed with a cute little best buddies theme, starring adorable pairs of giraffes, monkeys, zebras, and elephants.

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Comfort

Traditional bumpers are meant to help absorb impact as little ones flail and roll about, but they can be so bulky and stuffy that they crowd your child in the crib. Mesh linings are a great alternative if your baby is a little stiller, and likes lighter, airy spaces.

Ease of Use

Simply installed by their hook-and-loop fasteners, these panels slat through the rings of your crib to prevent would-be escape-artist babies from getting themselves stuck.

Safety

Breathable Baby prides itself on a company whose first priority is your child’s access to a safe and comfortable oxygen flow. Not all babies are going to need the same kinds of support and assistance. Some infants might not do well in a crib that feels too padded and constricting when they want to sleep. Uncomfortable babies aren’t afraid to make themselves known, so help your little one (and you) sleep through the night with these sweet, breathable mesh linings.

5. TILLYOU Padded Breathable

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
TILLYOU Padded Breathable
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
91
Safety
95
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$34.99

Hypoallergenic and BPA-Free cushion and filler

Made of cotton and porous material for coolness and breathability

Weighty thickness for ultra-safety

Ties fully-enclose the space leaving no gaps

Ties may be difficult to attach to thicker crib bars

Can’t be used for specialty cribs or cribs with a changing station

This fits the standard-sized crib. Not recommended for larger or more specialized cribs that come with a changing table. The material it is constructed from is 100% cotton with a porous fill that makes it more breathable than polyester or cotton-poly blends.

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Comfort

It’s top-rated when it comes to child safety. In fact, these bumper pads are designed and constructed more like couch cushions to absorb any shocks that your baby can take or make while in their crib. It has the dual function of serving as a guard for baby getting his arm or leg caught between the bars of the crib. It can be an ideal present for a shower and the hypoallergenic covering filling make it doable for just about any baby. If that doesn’t have you convinced, there’s also the 1-year warranty or 30-day money back refund to make the deal even sweeter.

Ease of Use

This is a great preventative for babies that can get caught and tangled in the slats of their crib. Normally, we only over think of them as hitting their heads, but this takes the entanglement issue a step further.

Safety

It’s passed all of the regulations regarding safety standards for injury and suffocation. In addition, it’s hypoallergenic for sensitive skin, easy to care for, and comes with a 1 years warranty and 30-day money back guarantee from the manufacturer.

6. BreathableBaby Safari Fun Too

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
BreathableBaby Safari Fun Too
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
93
Safety
93
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$20.99

Machine washable

Pediatrician recommended

Easy installation

Solid coverage, good airflow

Cute Safari print

The product does not work with cribs that have attached changing table

Some little Houdinis have managed to get themselves tangled between the crib and the lining

Lions, and elephants, and zebras: oh my! Does your little one like to monkey around? Then they’ll go bananas for this safari-themed crib liner.

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Comfort

The jungle print is cute and understated enough that it will match plenty of room decor. The transparency is nice so that you always have an eye on your little one, and the design is engineered specifically to give baby a happy airflow.

Ease of Use

Made from polyester mesh, the material is breathable and has no nasty filler material to lower the quality of the overall product. With their “no gap wrap,” Breathable Baby offers great coverage combined with maximum airflow in this item. The two panels are machine washable and attach easily via hook and loop fastenings. The company recommends this product for children aged 0-12 months.

Safety

With this largely transparent mesh liner, you can always keep an eye on baby, wherever they might be trying to hide.

7. TILLYOU 100% Silky Soft

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
TILLYOU 100% Silky Soft
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
93
Safety
93
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$29.99

100% soft, safe microfiber material

Easy installation

Moneyback guarantee

330 GSM filling for protection

Clean, pretty designs

Thin enough that baby will still feel the impact

Not meant for flat-back cribs (no slates or rungs)

All hands on deck! Are you and baby ready to set sail into a dreamy abyss? This clean, cozy nautical print is a great accent in a more modern room design. Or, choose the same product in white, gray, lime green or lilac.

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Comfort

It’s super convenient. The patterns are clean and cute, the fabric is machine washable and doesn’t collect bacteria, and the padding is soft but not so thick as to be bulky.

Ease of Use

The material is 100% antibacterial microfiber polyester, and machine washable, and the 330 GSM filling will protect noggins and extremities from bashing against the hardwood or getting stuck. Installation is easy, and TILLYOU’s bumpers are guaranteed to fit standard sized cribs (the long panel measures fifty-two inches and the short panel measure twenty-seven inches). If you have any issues within the first thirty days of your purchase, contact them for a full refund or replacement.

Safety

TILLYOU’s microfiber is safe but breathable to provide padding and protection from the sharp, firm bits of the crib without making naptime too stuffy.

8. NoJo Traditional

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
NoJo Traditional
Comfort
94
Ease of Use
90
Safety
95
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$64.95

Four-piece set

Easy to wash

Easy to assemble and remove

Pretty pastel designs

Cushy but not too thick

No tie to fasten the middle of the pieces, which causes sagging; may want to sew on additional strips for fastening

Not super-durable; will show wear and tear over time

The Little Love by Nojo is a four-piece set designed to provide padding between your sensitive little one, and the harsh reality of their crib.

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Comfort

This bumper is cushy, but the material isn’t so thick as to be overbearing or to block out too much light. Tie these tightly to your crib corners to protect baby’s head, fingers, and toes from hard, solid wood.

Ease of Use

These pieces fasten via ties to the corners of the crib, are lightweight, and feature a bright, pretty design. (There are multiple design options to choose from.) They’re thin, which allows the lulling glow of the nightlight to penetrate, but sturdy enough to give ample cushioning to the baby. Children will love the soft finish and feel right at home among the dreamy pastels.

Safety

It’s super lightweight and airy. The aesthetic and its construction make this piece a breathable, dreamy way for baby to doze off safely.

9. Bacati Elephants Blue/Grey

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.3
Bacati Elephants Blue/Grey
Comfort
92
Ease of Use
91
Safety
94
best offer for today
$109.99

Ten-piece set

The bumper is plush and soft

Machine washable

Adorable elephant pattern

Soft, sensitive cotton fabric

Bumpers are thin and need further assembly to stay upright

This Bacati Crib Set is the whole she-bang. It includes one fitted crib sheet, a reversible crib guard railing cover, a dust ruffle, a diaper stacker, a musical mobile, valance, and three-piece wall hanging set, all fitted to standard crib dimensions.

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Comfort

This set is just too cute, and ultra-plush. The bumpers themselves are light and soft, but even without them, the set is top-notch.

Ease of Use

With a 200 thread count, these soft, 100 percent cotton pieces will have the baby feeling right at home. The comforter and bumper both feature a polyester filling, and the design on all the pieces in the set is a cute little blue and gray elephant pattern. The bumper and matching pieces are all machine washable.

Safety

If you want more than just a bumper, this set provides the basic essentials all in a streamlined, adorable little elephant theme. The fabric is 100 percent cotton, the softest and safest material when it comes to preventing skin irritation in newborns.

10. Bedtime Originals Jungle Buddies

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Bedtime Originals Jungle Buddies
Comfort
93
Ease of Use
90
Safety
93
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$38.00

Adorable animal design

Four-piece set fastens to crib

Machine washable

Lightweight

Perfectly sized for standard cribs

Needs more fasteners to keep it upright

Starts to fade and droop after washing

Ready for a little jungle boogie at bedtime? This wild Bedtime Originals bumper features an assortment of baby jungle animals, all ready to lie down and laze around just like your little one.

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Comfort

This bumper is soft but not heavily padded. It will keep your sweet peas from injury, while still being breathable and easy to set up.

Ease of Use

The four-piece set features two short liners, at 9.5 x 27 inches, and two long sides at 9.5 x 50 inches. All pieces of this liner set are machine washable on cold with like colors in a gentle cycle. They can be tumble dried on low as well and ironed if necessary. Thin and colorful, this is the perfect way to make sure your little one has plenty of room to squirm, with no chance of getting themselves stuck in their crib slats, or bumping their precious heads.

Safety

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! This cute little jungle theme is attractive to baby’s eyes, while keeping their heads, hands, and feet safe. For adventurous, curious explorers, a crib liner is a necessity.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

In our search, we wanted to take everything into consideration. Not just the main health concerns and fears, but also the comfort levels of both child and parents. There are options for both cotton cushion-style bumpers, as well as the polyester mesh protective coverings.

Ease of Use

Not all bumpers are created equal. Some companies pay special attention to crib dimensions and bumper designs to ensure that it's not a wrestling match each time you want to wash your bumpers and put them back on baby's crib. Ability to withstand washing is also important, as germs and little ones often go hand in hand.

Safety

The jury still seems to be out when it comes to crib bumpers. Many doctors, parents, health gurus, and bloggers have varying opinions. Some think that it’s the worst thing ever that can lead to countless baby deaths. More than can be accounted for since before the advent of penicillin and antibiotics. Then, there are the others who tell us to get a grip–it’s all good. We live in the 21st century and we can trust the products and technology that current manufacturers have to offer.

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Parents, Did You Know?

In essence, the bumper of your choice can come from a variety of different choices. It’s not meant to be just one thing or a one-time shot. The perfect combination will never be achieved, or the right conclusion comes to, without shopping around, extensively researching, and taking a chance on more than a few options.

Parents, Did You Know?

Crib bumpers can help reduce injury in little ones. Babies often like to stick their fingers where they shouldn't go, and tend not to be too cautious when wriggling around. An extra layer with some gentle padding can keep hangs and noggins safe!

Other Factors to Consider

Style

The market includes a space for all the spatial and aesthetic considerations that many parents still have and refuse to sacrifice for the sake of Mickey Mouse and Goofy. We add that kind of variety and bring it to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Can crib bumpers be a contributing factor in SIDs?
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While there is a risk of suffocation with fabric crib bumpers, there is no definitive correlation between the two. The cause of SIDS is varying and multifaceted. It could due to being born prematurely, low birth weight, brain stem abnormalities, sleeping on the stomach instead of the back, improper prenatal care by the mother-–i.e. if she was a smoker or drinker–the list goes on. If the concern of the parent is a deciding factor, we suggest buying a bumper of mesh material as opposed to fabric. It is also recommended that parents set up the infant’s crib in their bedroom for the first 6 months as a preventative measure.

q: Is the mesh material crib bumper safe and non-toxic?
a:

Yes. Most of the mesh bumpers are made from 100 percent polyester. They’ve been tested to be lead-free, latex-free, BPA-free, and phthalate-free. Most are made with innovative A.C.T. technology for better airflow to your baby. Fair warning, though, mesh crib bumpers are used more to prevent your child getting entangled in the slats of their crib, as opposed to preventing bumps and bruising. For that, it’s best to purchase a cushioned bumper, which can have drawbacks of its own.

q: Why should I even buy a bumper?
a:

There is no reason that you should. Some parents like to live on the edge with their kids. For those who don’t, all kinds of possibilities and factors come up when it comes to the safety and well-being of their newborns and infants. We all know with kids that stuff happens. If your child gets tangled up in the slats of the crib, then aside from serious injury, that will lead to one cranky baby–which, in turn, leads to one cranky adult. While bumps and bruises are not good for your baby’s body, it also affects their sleep which can lead to more significant health problems.

q: Are there any DIY crib bumpers out there that parents can have a say in designing?
a:

The ones that we currently offer don’t have that option. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. With the number of manufacturers making crib bumpers, we’re sure you can find something that will satisfy. Many of the products that we included on our list don’t just stand alone, either. They’re usually part of a larger collection that can compose an entire nursery or playroom. You can be the artist in this creation, so any additional DIY items that could be added might blend in perfectly.

q: Can you give any tips on how to keep the ties on the bumpers secure?
a:

Sure. Many parents have the problem of having the ties be either too long or too short. Never just right. First off, before purchasing, estimate the thickness of slats on your crib. If you’ve purchased a fairly hefty, sturdy, crib you might consider longer ties. With thinner slats, there is an alternative. With thicker slats, simply purchase some extra fabric that you can sew to your ties to extend them. With the thinner slats, be sure to use double knots. In fact, always use doubles knots and tuck underneath any extra material at the end of the knots. It’s not a guarantee, but it will help to give you more peace of mind.

q: Can the fabric on these crib bumpers be switched out?
a:

Not that we’re aware of. On average, crib bumpers don’t act as a sort of pillowcase for a pillow. They tend to be more like couch cushions. The fabric encases the stuffing. So what you see and buy, is what you get. But, all that said, there are a great variety of crib bumper designs that can be mixed and matched. They range from the Goofy–such as from Disney–to the gender-neutral, to the understated chic. A lot of the attendant needs of parents and child can be factored into this. Alternatively, if you want to spruce up one of your already-purchased bumpers, then just go ahead and design another cover that can be placed over it like a pillowcase.

Sources

  1. Mayo Clinic Staff, Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), Informative Health Article
  2. Floyd R. Livingston Jr., MD and Mary L. Gavin, MD, What Is SIDS?, Informative Article
  3. Wikipedia, Infant bed, Wikipedia Page
  4. Wikipedia, Mesh, Wikipedia Page
  5. Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, Are crib bumpers safe?, Informative Health Article