Safe Family Report: Baby Crib Safety

By: Abby Dunn
By: Abby Dunn

08-03-06 - Your baby's crib should be a place of safety and comfort, because he spends lots of time in there. However, there are some dangers lurking in your baby bed, and you might not even know it.

Crib accessories like quilts, decorative blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals can pose a threat for your baby. Nearly 2,000 cases of infant suffocation each year are caused by items like these.

Bumper pads, look pretty but doctors say they could also suffocate your baby, so you need to avoid placing them in your child’s crib.

One other thing to keep in mind if you’re shopping for a baby crib: be sure the bars on the bed are no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart because a baby's head is relatively larger than the rest of her body, and she could get stuck in there if the bars are too far apart.

These are ways a parent can sleep at night, knowing their baby is sleeping tight.


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