Safe Sleeping For Your Baby: 10 Important Crib Tips Every Parent Must Know
1. Investigate The Consumer Product Safety Commission
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, has invaluable information for parents regarding the safety standards of cribs. While you’re on the site, check out their recommendations for other baby products, too, such as car seats, strollers and more. If a crib doesn’t meet or exceed CPSC standards, don’t buy it.
2. Check The Space Between The Crib And Mattress
Babies can become lodged in tiny spaces, specifically, between the mattress and crib walls, especially if the mattress is soft and pliable. Look for a firm mattress and make sure the space between it and the crib does not allow for a squirming baby to become entrapped.
3. Measure The Distance Between Slats
According to standard safety data, the space between the slats should not exceed 2 and 3/8 inches. This prevents limbs and the head from being caught.
4. Avoid Cribs With High Corner Posts
A protruding corner post may leave your baby vulnerable to catching his or her clothing and possibly becoming snagged until you or someone else goes to check in on them. The tightened clothing can restrict blood flow or airway passages, making this crib safety feature an absolute must.
5. Steer Clear Of Cribs With Sides That Slide Down
While convenient, sliding crib walls pose too many dangers and complications and are not recommended for use at all.
6. Try And Purchase A Brand-New Crib
Although cribs are expensive, buying second-hand to save money might endanger your baby. If you think you’ve found a safe model crib that’s previously used, research it thoroughly to ensure there have been no recall notices; also, examine the unit intensely for damage or defects. Experts do not recommend purchasing used cribs that are more than a couple of years old, for the mere fact that safety standards are continually evolving.
7. Use Sleepsacks, Rather Than Blankets
As cozy and cute as baby blankets can be, they may leave your baby all wrapped up in a heap of constricting fabric. For safety’s sake, let them snuggle up in a sleeper, instead.
8. Avoid Cribs With Cut-Outs On Head And Foot Boards
These designs can leave room for tiny hands and feet to get stuck in, possibly leading to injury.
9. Always Lay Your Baby On His Or Her Back
Due to the threat of S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), experts strongly advise parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs.
10. Position The Crib In A Safe Zone
Be sure you don’t place the crib near curtains, blinds or other items that baby can get a hold of. While it is good to have your baby in your bedroom (especially for two a.m. feeding times!), it’s not good to sleep together, as adult bodies can quickly overwhelm infants in bed, so make sure you don’t doze off without first returning a baby to the crib.
Take no chances when it comes to crib safety, no matter what. Seemingly innocuous situations can quickly turn into very dangerous circumstances, so observe all safety standards when it comes to choosing and using a crib for your baby.