There is nothing more important than keeping our babies healthy, happy and safe. That’s why this month we are jumping on September's Baby Safety Month bandwagon. We will be focusing on different aspects of baby safety like crib/sleeping safety.
9 Quick tips for bedtime safety:
1. Using antique cribs can be a lot more dangerous than you’d think. Crib standards have changed a lot in the past few years. There is a reason that you can not buy some of the standard crib features from 10 or 15 years back…. they’re not safe! So, if you plan to use your great great grandmother’s fabulous antique crib for your little guy, know that you will most likely have to make some modifications to it to make sure your baby stays safe!
2. Test the width of the slats on your crib with a soda can. If a can of soda can fit (and get stuck) between the slats, so can your babies head, hand, or foot.
3. If the sides of the crib are adjustable and can go down, don’t use the crib.
4. Although cute teddy bears, and blankets seem like a good idea to keep your baby warm and cozy, they can harm your baby more than you’d think. The best thing for your baby to sleep on is a firm mattress with a tight crib sheet (like a BATZkids Milestone Crib sheet ;). All the extra accessories can become choking hazards.
5. If you’re worried about your baby staying warm, try using a sleep sack. A good rule of thumb is that your baby will be comfortable using the same amount of clothing that you would be comfortable in. (Check out sleep sacks at http://www.halosleep.com/our-products/sleepsack/)
6. If you’ll be using a used crib, check www.recalls.gov to see if it has been recalled for any reason.
7. Don't place the crib near any type of blinds or curtains. If you decide to hang any pictures or wall decor above the crib make sure it’s secured to the wall. For example, you could use command strips and a nail. You’d never want anything to fall off the wall and hit your baby while he sleeps.
8. It’s a lot safer for your baby to sleep in his crib than with you. Although you’ll certaintly be tired, put the baby back in the crib. If you’ve followed all the safety guidelines, it is the best and safest place for your baby to sleep!
9. Lay your baby on his/her back to sleep. This will reduce the risk of SIDS.