I think baby cribs should only be made out of foam, or at least covered in foam once the metal or wooden crib is assembled. My child's crib has bumpers AND puffy quilts lining the large areas where the bumper does not reach. This is my solution... I guess I am not that creative...
Now that Liam can crawl, stand and trace, he pulls all the blankets down, crawls around and rams his head into the side bars. And if he's not ramming his head into them, he is standing up and losing his balance to crack the side of his head on the wooden bars he's uncovered. And he does this in mere seconds... by the time I know he's awake and I walk in there, he's hurt himself.
And then there are the pesky bed frames. We have a twin bed in Liam's room and of course a queen bed in our room. When Liam is playing underfoot and sees any vertical height, he wants to crawl towards it and climb it so he can stand. Yep, those bed frames are crawling-baby-height... just perfect for ramming his head into. We are lucky he's got a tough noggin... he hasn't gotten bruises anywhere on his head... just his eye so far... as you can see here.
So the conspiracy... Nature is against us! Klutzy babies make we mothers look like neglectful abusers! It's not fair to the little sweethearts to get hurt in their attempts to practice practice practice! And it's not fair to the parents who really are watching closely and tending to their children.
I have never judged bruised children. But I find mothers continually make excuses for themselves relaying the stories of how the bruise, red mark or bump happened. I BELIEVE YOU! Ever since I saw my friend's one year old run into walls again and again by accident, I knew that kids gotta hurt themselves to learn. It's just sad it takes so long for them to catch on. I mean, this one-year-old learned to walk at 10 months and it took a good few months or so before he stopped running into walls, corners and tables just his height. Can we say OUCH!? Poor babies!