How To Properly Install A Crib Bumper

Note: This was a previously-published blog post that our readers found extremely helpful…so I’ve made a few updates and posted it again. ┬áLet us know if there are any other “how-to” topics you would find helpful!

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It’s arrived!!

No, not the little bundle of joy you have been waiting for – your nursery bedding! You anxiously unwrap it, anticipating how wonderful it is going to look on your new crib.

One key to a beautiful and safe nursery is the proper installation of crib bedding, especially the crib bumper. We have prepared this step-by-step guide to help you get the most out of your new crib bedding.

Keep in mind that the bumper should fit tightly in order to provide the most security and safety. Some fabrics, such as minky, have more stretch than others. As all fabrics and patterns differ it is important to understand the fundamentals of installing the crib bumper to ensure the perfect fit.

Step 1: After unwrapping your crib bumper, look closely at each of the 3-sectioned panels at both ends of the bumper. You will notice that one of the 3-paneled end sections will be slightly shorter than the other.

You will want to start with the shortest end section. It is important that you begin by securing the corner of the short end piece to the back corner of either the headboard or footboard of the crib.

Step 2: Securely tie the corner piece of the short end to the back corner crib post.

Step 3: Position the bumper around the inside rails with the corner seams placed accordingly. The ties should be facing the outside of the bumper.

Step 4: Firmly pull the back section of the bumper until it is tight along the back rails and fasten at the other back corner (back corner #2). This may require more tension on fabrics that have a lot of stretch or “give”to them. Remember, it is important that the bumper is taut.

Step 5: Once the back corners are secure you may tie the center back ties for extra reinforcement. Now the crib bumper should be firmly attached along the back of the crib.

Step 6: Now you are ready to tie the front corners of the crib bumper in the same manner. Tie the front corner pieces to the front crib posts. Work around to the final corner where the two ends meet.

Step 7: Using the ties from the short end (Step 1) and the ties on the front section, secure both of these to the front corner crib post. To prevent gapping, criss-cross the ties before tying around the post.

Step 8: Lastly, secure the center ties on the front.

Voila! You now have a perfectly fitting crib bumper.

Now all that is left to do is stand back and admire your new nursery! And of course, decide on the drapes!


7 thoughts on “How To Properly Install A Crib Bumper

  1. I am a second time mom and a first time crib set doer. I was so confused. These things don't come with directions…at least mine didn't. Thank you so much for your help. My baby's crib now looks absolutely amazing.

  2. Hi K. Abers -I'm glad the instructions helped. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Thank you sooo much! You are a life saver.

  5. Should the design on my bumper face inside or outside?

  6. Brooke, that's a great question…and the answer really depends on your preference. For bumpers with appliqued or embroidered images, most often the designer intended those to face inside the crib…to engage the baby. But many bumpers are reversible and can be installed depending on which print, or color, you want facing the outside of the crib. So there's no right or wrong answer…just whatever you prefer!

  7. Hi. I put the bumper inside our son crib and tied it but for some reason the bumper is longer then the crib. With them tied it looks like your picture in step 3.

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