Published on Thursday, 25 May 2017 17:24
ABC's of Crib Safety
A - Alone
- Babies should not sleep on beds, sofas, recliners, chairs, with or without other with them.
- Be sharing is not recommended, as this can cause unintentional suffocation, the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age. Nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.
- We know that stuffed animals, and all those cute accessories make a baby's crib seem warm and cozy. Unfortunately, they can often do more harm than good.
- Crib bumpers might seem like they can help protect babies from drafts and bumps, but they pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. Older babies can use them of climbing out of the crib.
- Pillows, bulky comforters, and heavy blankets do not belong in a crib; a baby can mother under them.
B - Back
- Lay your baby on his or her back to risk the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Babies do not need extra support, such as rolled blankets or commercial devices, to keep them on their backs.
- Babies should always be placed on their backs, but if they're able to roll over on their own, you do not need to reposition them.
C - Crib
- Check that your crib meets safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, and has all the right parts.
- Consider more than just color when it comes to paint! The paint on older cribs might contain lead!
- Cribs manufactured in 2013 or later meet all hardware guidelines.