Is your baby sleeping safely? Your baby may not sleep through the night, but make sure they sleep safely when they do. Keep your baby safe and sound with the following pointers:
- Make sure the crib sits on level flooring to avoid tipping.
- Ensure the integrity of the crib (no loose slats, no chipping paint, etc.).
- Use a firm mattress that fits snugly in the crib. If you can fit more than 2 fingers between the mattress and the crib, you should not use the mattress.
- Do not use soft bedding, pillows, blankets or sleep positioners in the crib.
- Sleep sacks are a great, safe alternative to blankets.
- If using a blanket, be sure to keep your baby's arms outside of the blanket, make sure the blanket is no higher than your baby's chest and tuck the blanket firmly. This will avoid accidental suffocation from the blanket moving and covering your baby's nose and mouth during sleep.
- Remove toys from the crib when your baby is sleeping.
- Always place your baby on his/her back when sleeping.
- If you desire a bumper in your baby's bed, opt for a breathable mesh bumper to allow air to circulate around your baby's face. Be sure the bumper is secured properly and any loose or left over strings are removed. Another option is to use Wonder Bumpers which cover each slat of the crib and secure in place with zippers instead of ties.
- Once your baby begins to get on his/her hands-and-knees, position the crib to the lowest setting, remove bumpers and remove hanging toys (such as mobiles) to prevent injury.
- Ensure crib slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart to prevent entrapment.
- Corner posts should be either level with the head and foot board, no more than 1/16 of an inch high or should be at least 16 inches (41 centimeters) tall to avoid strangulation.
- Avoid cribs with decorative cutouts in the headboards and/or footboards. This is an entrapment hazard.
It's best to buy a new crib. In June 2011, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued new safety
- Keep the crib away from windows, drapes, ropes, strings, monitor cords or anything that is dangling and could be a potential strangulation hazard.
- Look for cribs certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and check to see if the crib has been recalled.
- Use a baby monitor to keep eyes and ears on your baby while you are out of the room.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST