Baby crib choices and best practices to keep you all sleeping soundly and safely.
An average of 26 children suffer a crib-related injury every day in the U.S. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe and sound:
Get a Crib with Fixed Sides.
If you're considering buying a secondhand crib be aware that safety standards issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2011 prohibit the sale of drop-side cribs. Their use has been blamed for 32 deaths in the past decade, mostly because they've led to suffocation and strangulation.
Make Sure the Mattress Fits.
If you can fit two fingers between the mattress and the crib, you need to get a bigger mattress. Opt for a safe, breathable mattress, like the Newton crib mattress (from $250).
Leave Out the Fluffy Stuff.
Though his bed may look bare, your baby is safest with nothing but the mattress and a tight- fitting sheet in the crib. That means no bumpers, pillows, blankets or stuffed toys. And use a sleep sack instead of a blanket.
Ditch the Danglers.
As soon as your baby can get onto all fours (usually around 5 months old), remove any hanging toys or mobiles that could be pulled down and wrapped around his neck.
Move Your Monitor.
Make sure there's at least 3 feet between the monitor and your child's crib. The CPSC warns that the cords pose a strangulation risk.
Don't Use Sleep Positioners.
Though they're designed to keep a baby on his back, they've caused at least 13 suffocation deaths since 1987, according to the CPSC.