I know this may seem a little off topic but having written lately about some baby cribs, the issue of baby crib safety has come up more than once. Safety for your baby and in your home is of the utmost importance and should always be considered in respect of any design scheme or purchase, especially where children are concerned.
Baby Crib Safety
While I am sure you are looking forward to your new arrival you are most likely thinking about organizing your nursery. When choosing, setting up and using your baby crib, there are a number of baby crib safety issues you need to consider. I will take you a journey of safety tips from the purchase and assembly of your crib to the positioning of the crib in your room and your baby’s safety while they are in the baby crib.
Do: Ensure that any crib you purchase meets the regulation safety standards of the country you live in. This will generally ensure that the crib is made from appropriate materials, is suitable for use, and is manufactured to specifications which are designed to prevent injury.
Don’t: Purchase a crib with drop sides. These sides are moveable and increase the risk of your baby’s fingers being caught and injured as the sides are moved up and down.
Do: Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely when assembling your baby crib.
Don’t: Place your baby crib close to any power points, heaters or windows. This will reduce the risk to your baby of any injuries due to electrocution, burns or strangulation from curtain/blind cords.
Do: Ensure there is nothing placed in your baby’s crib that will assist them to climb out. Remove any large soft toys or cushions that may act as a climbing aid.
Do: Check the crib for any signs of wear and tear that may harm your baby. Check for any damage that has caused sharp edges or peeling paint that your child may be able to pick at and swallow. Repair any flaws that develop immediately to maintain a high standard of baby crib safety.
Don’t: Place small items in the crib that your child may swallow.
Do: Make sure that any toys placed in the crib with your child are age appropriate and do not include any small parts that might break off.
Don’t: Place any objects above the cot that may fall and injure your baby. This includes items like pictures or mirrors. If you are placing the crib near a wall, ensure that there are no items on that wall that may fall off and into the crib.
Don’t: Leave any toys, mobiles etc that have any type of cord, particularly stretch cords in the crib with your baby while it is unattended.
Don’t: Use any pillows, cushions or any other soft object to lay your baby on until they are over 2 years of age. This will reduce the risk of suffocation. The safest position for your newborn to sleep in is flat on their back, directly on the covered mattress.
Do: Ensure that if your crib has an adjustable mattress position that it is at the lowest appropriate position considering the age and mobility of your child. That is, if your child can sit on their own, you will need to lower the mattress position to ensure that your child cannot climb out of the crib, for example.
Don’t: Leave any electrical items in the crib with your child. I use this term to include absolutely any item that has any possibility of short circuiting/causing a spark that could cause a fire. Obvious items would include electric blankets or electrical toy items.
Your baby is precious, and while the above may seem like a long list of baby crib safety advice, many items are common sense or one off things to just think about in respect of your baby crib. Now all that is left to say is congratulations on your good news and we wish you a happy, healthy and safe future with your baby!