We went without bumpers until Olive was about one, added them for a bit and then took them back out this past summer. Yeah. We had trouble making up our minds, and deciphering 'expert' advice.
I've thought that colored/patterned crib sheets would be a good solution to the safe for kids but also colorful, cute and pretty.
Apparently, others have had that super clever thought. The folks at Skip Hop recently introduced a line of bumper-free bedding.
This one is from the Animal Zoo line ...
It is hard for me to argue with safe AND cute.