Baby Crib Safety - What YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Baby Crib safety should be your number one concern
when you are caring for infants. When you lay the infant down, you'll
want to be sure that you have taken every precaution for the prevention
of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
Below are best practices for infants under the age of 12 months to reduce the risk as well as preventing suffocation:PLEASE SHARE THESE WITH YOUR DAYCARE PARENTS OF INFANTS!
- Always place baby on his/her back in a crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress.
- Do not use fluffy pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like bumper pads or pillow-like stuffed toys for baby crib safety.
- Think about using a sleeper instead of a blanket. I know this is hard, but it is for the baby's sake.
- If you or the parents insist on using a blanket, position the infant with his or her feet at the foot of the crib. Then you may tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress. Cover the baby only as high as his/her chest.
- Use only a fitted bottom sheet
specifically made for crib use- don't use a makeshift, loose fitting
sheet to cover the mattress that the baby could get tangled in.
Baby Crib Safety- Your Crib Safety Standards and what you should CHECK FOR!
- It should have a firm, tight-fitting mattress- Why? The baby could get trapped between the mattress and the crib if there is a space.
- BE SURE YOUR Crib is assembled correctly! Look for missing,loose or broken hardware or broken slats! What may seem to be "minor" mistakes can result in entrapment or suffocation deaths!
Infants can strangle when their head and neck become entrapped in gaps
created by missing, loose, broken hardware, or broken slats. If you find
these things, my best advice for crib safety is to get it repaired NOW
or get rid of the bed.
If you have other SAFETY concerns please check
Child Safety In The Home!
There are a lot of areas to cover when making your home and your
business safe. These are SO important that I have covered other areas as
Child Fire Safety
Child Safety Gates
- As with the assembly, be sure you have no missing,
loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware
on the crib or mattress support. Don't believe these are "nothing to
worry about"- that could be a fatal mistake.
- There should be NO more than 2 3/8 inches (about the
width of a soda can) between crib slats so a baby's body cannot fit
through the slats. Also, look for missing or cracked slats.
- If there are corner posts over 1/16th inch high, then a baby's clothing can get caught- NOT SAFE!
- If there are cutouts in the headboard or foot board then an infants head could get trapped- NOT SAFE!
- FOR ULTIMATE BABY CRIB SAFETY:If you find any of these problems in a bed you currently own, GET RID OF THE BED AND PURCHASE ONE THAT FOLLOWS THE NEW SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR CRIB SAFETY.
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