Your baby’s safety should be #1 concern at all times, from the moment you become aware you’re going to have a baby. The crib is one of the most essential areas for your newborn and it should be completely safe to use. It’s not easy to do this – there are many products out there that are constantly luring you into buying them to make your child feel more “cozy” or “entertained.
Two truths here:
- your baby is cozy if she is safe
- your baby doesn’t need to be entertained in a crib
A crib exists so the baby can sleep in it. Not play in it. Sometimes, babies will drink milk in it, but that’s as far as it goes. It’s a place that should be designed in a way that you can leave your child in it, walk away and still expect them to be safe. Even when you have to use the toilet, answer the door, or sleep. If you don’t follow these guidelines, your child is at an increased level of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) – so don’t listen to a salesperson in a baby store trying to sell you baby pillows. It’s such an important spot and you want to make sure you’re following all the safety guidelines!
So, what can you do when it comes to your baby’s crib, and what should you avoid?
What can you have in your baby’s crib?
- a tightly fitted sheet, that is specifically designed for the mattress and the crib
- a pacifier, with no additional attachments
- a onesie, swaddle or a wearable blanket instead of the ordinary covers
- crib mattress
- waterproof mattress protector
- baby monitor (without the cord)
- a mobile hanger toy safely installed
These are the things that must not go into your baby’s crib:
- bumper pads of any kind
- soft objects
- loose bedding
- blankets and covers
- sleep positioners
- crib tents
Of course, the “don’t” list is much, much longer and comprehensive – the only thing I listed here are the ones someone would normally think of when buying a crib. It’s safer to look at the “do” list and hold onto that – the rest is unnecessary. If you still have questions and concerns, talking to your pediatrician or any licensed childcare/medical worker or a caretaker. This is just a list of essential things – I am by no means a medical professional and all your decisions should be made after consulting with certified personnel!
Would you add anything to either of the lists – or remove something from them?
Let me know in the comments!