Best Infant Crib Safety Tips: Dangers at Home Series

Crib Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Image of nursery in blush tones with grey chair and crib

Can anyone tell me why they sell infant crib bedding sets? The little baby-sized comforters. The plush bumper pads. Why? The quilts aren’t practical. You can’t even use them with a new baby until they’re much older. So. What’s the purpose of that matching set? I haven’t figured that out yet. What I do know is that these sets are not recommended for infant crib safety.

Infant bedding sets are still one of the items most new parents add to their registry. If you walk the aisles at Buy, Buy, Baby there are TONS of choices for the bedding sets. They’re expensive too! Most of the sets range from $40-100 or more! I get it. You want the nursery to have a theme, and the bedding set ties the idea together. Maybe there’s a use for them outside the intended purpose of crib bedding, but; for infant crib safety, I’d advise against buying them.

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Here’s why:

Suffocation is a leading cause of death in babies under one; as many as 900 infants suffocate in soft bedding each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Fluffy comforters and bumper pads may make a crib cozy, but soft bedding can mold around babies’ faces and suffocate them. This is why the cute bedding sets with matching plush bumpers and comforters are a terrible idea.

Infants get the ability to roll over within a few months of life. So they can easily roll into the crib bumper, but they may lack the ability to maneuver away. Their head could be trapped against the bumper or other soft objects in the crib (like pillows or stuffed animals). This could slowly suffocate your child, and you’d never know.

Everything you need to know for proper infant crib safety. What to buy, what not to buy, and the best crib safety tips all in one place!

Infant Crib Safety

Suffocation in infants is easily preventable if you follow basic infant crib safety strategies.

Infant Crib Safety Strategies

  1. Place babies on their backs on a firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting mattress pad and sheet.
  2. Don’t put pillows, comforters, thick bumper pads, or soft toys in the crib until they are a year old.
  3. Keep them warm with a lightweight blanket tucked tightly around the mattress, or use a sleep sack. Using a sleep sack prevents the bedding from getting around your child’s face and significantly decreases the risk of suffocation.
  4. Ensure no cords are around the crib. Video monitors are becoming more and more popular- for a good reason! It’s incredible to be able to see your baby whenever you want without needing to get out of bed. The risk with video monitors comes when the baby is able to grab the cord while in the crib. Babies can easily tangle themselves in the cords which could cause strangulation. Instead, mount video monitors on the wall or position them on a dresser where the cords would be out of baby’s reach.
  5. Mobiles or other crib toys that attach to the crib should be avoided. The risk with these is that they could fall on baby without warning and lead to severe head injury. The other risk is that the child could pull them down on themselves once they start getting more mobile. Either way, not a good option. There are sound machines that project lights on the ceiling that could be an excellent alternative to mobiles and the toys commonly mounted on the crib.
  6. Crib safety standards changed in 2011, so when shopping for a crib, buy new if you can. And if you’re searching for a used crib, ask the previous owner when it was purchased or if they got it used. You can double check the crib safety standards on the CSC website.

That’s it! Six easy to implement infant crib safety strategies.

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When I was pregnant with our first child, I spent a ridiculous amount of time searching for the perfect crib set- and we paid over $100 on this adorable Winnie the Pooh bedding and matching accessories. It was a complete waste of money. At the time, I didn’t know that plush bumpers were unsafe. It wasn’t until after we purchased them, decorated the nursery, and brought the new baby home that I read an article about crib safety. Five minutes later everything was torn out of the crib, and all that remained was a fitted sheet.

Save yourself the money. Don’t buy those sets. Instead, focus on finding adorable fitted sheets, curtains, and cute wall art that will tie the nursery theme together.

I was lucky that I read that article before my child could roll over. Hopefully, the lesson I’ve learned from that mistake saves you some money and reduces some anxiety over infant crib safety.

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