Do babies ever look more angelic than when they’re sleeping? Naptime might not last quite as long as you’d like, but it’s nice to know that your precious little one is sleeping in a safe place. Knowing about crib and sleep safety is an important part of keeping baby safe, and there’s a lot to know! Let’s break it down.
If your baby is going to be spending any time in a crib, you’ll want to make sure that it meets all current safety regulations. Cribs with adjustable side rails, also known as drop-side cribs, are not safe and should not be used according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. You should also make sure your crib doesn’t have slats more than 6 centimeters apart to reduce the risk of your baby getting stuck between the slats.
Other things to consider are how the mattress fits into the crib, how firm the mattress is, and how old your crib is. A firm mattress that fits snugly into your crib will reduce the risk of smothering, and a crib that’s an antique or an heirloom probably requires a little extra inspection. Check to make sure it fulfills current safety requirements and doesn’t have lead paint or potentially dangerous decorative elements.
You might love sleeping on your side or your stomach, but babies need to sleep on their backs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be placed on their backs every time they go to sleep, which reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Babies sleeping on their sides or stomachs are at increased risk of suffocation and SIDS.
And as much as you want your baby to be snuggled and comfortable, it’s not safe to have toys, pillows, or blankets where they’re sleeping. Your little one will be comfy enough in the clothes they have on, and you can save the toys for playtime. As they get older and start to pull on the crib, make sure that any mobiles, shelves, curtains, or blind cords are safely out of reach. A window blind cord wind up is an easy way to keep them neatly tucked away.
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