Planning for a new baby is an exciting times for parents. However, it may
also be a scary time for new parents. Babies are a huge responsibility, and
it is the parent's jobs to protect them. Many essentials contribute to baby
safety. Among these include car seats, and booster seats. When parents purchase
their baby's crib, they should ensure that the crib is not only comfortable
for their baby, but also safe. New baby cribs designed with safety features
will include the proper placing of vertical bars. However, older cribs or
hand-me-downs may lack this important feature. Here are a few tips to help
parents provide a safe sleeping environment.
If parents are forgoing purchasing a new baby crib because they want their
baby to use a family crib, it is important to measure the crib bars. According
to safety standards, bars should be positioned no more than 2 3/8 inches.
Crib bars with a wider space place a baby at great risk. As the baby begins
to move around he or she may stick their little head between the bars and
become stuck. Newer baby cribs offer great features including cribs that sit
lower to floor. This reduces the risk of serious injury in the event that
a toddler climbs out of the crib.
Another crib safety tip includes having a bumper along the sides of the baby
crib. Bumpers are soft pads placed alongside the crib. These have several
benefits. One, they prevent the baby from getting his or her head stuck. Second,
they provide a cushion if the baby were to roll near the bar. Proper placement
of baby cribs is another important safety feature. Never place a baby crib
near a window. In addition, parents should avoid hanging shelves, mirrors,
or any other heavy object over the baby's crib. Pulling is a natural inclination
for babies and toddlers. Thus, babies with the ability to stand inside their
cribs should be away from items such as lamps or curtains.
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