It can be a lot fun to plan out your baby’s nursery and think about all the different cute stuff you want to get for the room. But, the most important thing you really need to focus on is how safe you are making the room for your child.
Crib safety is so important because it really could save your baby’s life. Most of parents don’t want to think about anything bad happening to their child, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t concentrate on crib safety.
Here are 5 important safety tips to keep in mind when setting up your baby’s crib.
1. Do Not Place Pillows or Stuffed Animals In the Crib with Your Baby
Cute little pillows or stuffed animals may look adorable decorating the crib, but they should be taken out before you place your baby in the crib.
These stuffed animals or pillows can pose a suffocation hazard to a baby and can also increase the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
This also goes for big, fluffy blankets or any other type of decorations.
2. Only Use a Fitted Crib Sheet on the Mattress
You should only use a proper fitted crib sheet to cover the mattress in the crib. Anything that is lose or may come off easily can also pose a threat to your sleeping baby.
This is why it is a good idea to have extra fitted crib sheets on hand for those nighttime leaky diapers.
3. Do Not Use a Drop Side Crib
Most new cribs that are sold nowadays comply with the safety standards, but just a few years ago, drop side cribs were still quite popular. It is actually against the law now to sell a drop side crib but this doesn’t mean that there still aren’t people that may use them from secondhand stores or hand-me-downs from family or friends.
A drop side crib shouldn’t be used because the side that drops down can come unattached or separate slightly and the baby can become trapped in between the crib and the mattress.
4. Crib Slats Shouldn’t Be Bigger than 2 3/8 Inches Apart
Just like drop side cribs most cribs you will find on the market will comply with this standard, but you want to double check for yourself.
If the slats on the crib are larger than 2 3/8 inches apart it is possible for a baby to get their head stuck between the slats.
You should also check the crib on a regular basis for any broken or cracked slats as well.
5. Be Aware Of What Is Hanging Outside of the Crib
There should be nothing hanging on the outside of the crib that could possibly be a strangulation hazard. For example, the cord for the baby monitor should not be hanging right next to the baby crib.
This also includes cords or strings from drapes or blinds as well as anything that you may tie to the outside of the crib as well.
You also don’t want anything hanging too low on the wall next to the baby crib that they can possibly grab as they get older and learn to stand.
These are just some of the important safety precautions you need to take with your baby and the crib. By taking these precautions you can lessen the risk of SIDS and keep your little one safe and secure.
For more crib safety tips check out Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.