Are you setting up your nursery? Now is the right time to start thinking about how to keep your baby safe during every peaceful slumber. At Luxey Little Ones, we work closely with new parents to create their baby registries in the Montgomery County area, so we know all the tips and tricks to make sure your baby is comfortable in their crib.
Check out our new crib safety video, or read below to learn more about how to keep your little one snoozing happily.
Be Careful of Nursery Decor
Those little hands can reach farther than you think, so plan your nursery design thoughtfully. Keep cords, wires, and window coverings at least three feet away from the crib. Also, avoid placing bookshelves and hanging decor too close.
Check Up on Older Cribs
As we learn more about the best ways to keep babies safe, the way we design cribs changes and evolves. If you are buying an older crib, then it’s important to ensure it has fixed sides and that its slats are no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart — small enough that a soda can won’t fit through them.
Build Your Crib Securely
Assemble your baby’s crib securely, and give it a firm shake to make sure it’s not wobbly. Then, check monthly to make sure that the crib’s screws and bolts are still tight. If you’re having trouble with assembly, the Luxey Little Ones team is always happy to help!
Set Up the Crib in Your Bedroom
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), parents should room-share with their babies until the infant is at least six months old. With this method, you can keep your little one close, but everyone sleeps safely in their own space.
Always Set Babies on Their Back
The AAP first started recommending that babies sleep on their backs, instead of their sides or tummies, in the 1990s. Babies can breathe easier, and as this new sleep position has become more common, cases of sudden infant death syndrome have decreased by 50%.
“Bare Is Best” for Sleeping
A baby with a teddy bear is absolutely precious, but soft items can be dangerous when a little one is sleeping. Keep pillows, blankets, bumpers, and stuffed animals out of the crib. Babies are happy to sleep on a firm, flat mattress with a tightly fitted sheet on top.
Fleece Will Keep Babies Toasty Warm
Instead of a blanket for chilly nights, dress your little one in fleece pajamas to keep them nice and warm. Don’t put a hat on your sleeping baby, however.
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