Since the crib is where babies are left unsupervised, it is crucial to keep them safe using recommended equipment correctly and to update features of the crib as your baby grows. Here are 7 things to know about baby crib safety:
1. Don’t use an old crib.
It is safest to buy a new crib since it is most recently approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most importantly, get a crib that meets current safety standards. If a crib has any missing or broken parts, do not use it or fix it.
2. Get a properly constructed crib.
It is important to understand the strict guidelines for crib construction as they help prevent many accidents. A safe crib has less than 60mm of space between slats to prevent a baby’s head from becoming trapped. Secondly, there should be no cut-out designs or spaces if there is a solid headboard or footboard to prevent a baby’s head, hands, arms, or legs getting stuck. Thirdly, make sure there are no corner posts as clothing can get attached leading to injuries or strangling. Additionally, check for screws, bolts, and other construction materials for tightness especially if your child is physically active. This would prevent the crib from collapsing. Last but not least, do not buy a baby crib painted with lead to prevent lead poisoning from chewing.
3. Get the right mattress.
Crib injuries can also be as your child grows bigger without the right baby crib safety. It is important to use mattresses designed for the crib as you should not be able to fit more than two fingers in the space between the crib and mattress. Moreover, the leading cause of crib accidents is when babies fall out of the crib, so make sure you adjust the mattress level as they grow. Hence, lower the mattress when your baby begins to sit with little help. Then, adjust the mattress to its lowest setting when your baby stands.
4. Remove crib hazards.
Remove mobiles or activity gyms by the time your baby can get on her or his hands and knees as they become strangulation hazards. Also, do not use bumper pads or sleep positioners as they do not meet baby crib safety standards. On top of that, keep the crib empty except for the mattress and cover. Soft items and loose bedding such as soft toys and blankets can suffocate your baby. It would be wise to dress your baby in sleepers.
5. Movable side rails are a no-no.
New cribs are no longer made with movable side rails, they are a leading cause of falling. Contrary to common sense, it is easy to forget these things.
6. Position the crib well.
Keep cribs away from furnitures, large objects, and windows as they could lead to serious falls. Furthermore, do not place the crib near curtains, drapes, or blinds due to accidental stranggling.
7. Use a bed when your baby outgrows crib.
When your baby is 89cm (35in.c) tall, she or she should sleep in a bed.
We are not trying to scare you but a baby is extremely vulnerable especially in their first years. Therefore, it is crucial to not take baby crib safety for granted.
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