I never used crib bumpers when Violet was a baby. Technically, the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn't recommend them because the baby can roll into them while it is sleeping and suffocate on them. However, when Violet was about 6 months old, she started doing this:
Until this pregnancy. This is what I did with my on-sale designer fabric. I love how they turned out. I feel like they are gender-neutral enough to use with either a boy or a girl, since I don't know which I'm having.
I should let you know that you probably won't be saving any money by making these yourself. You can find ones that aren't too expensive online. But if you want to be able to customize the fabric and make them exactly match your room, this is the way to go. Besides, if you buy them, you won't have the
And as for the safety part of these, I have decided that if the baby starts to roll (which Violet never figured out how to do), then I will take them out. Just to be safe. But I have no reservations about putting them back in the second this kid learns how to crawl backwards.