First time parents sometimes find it confusing on how to raise their first child. Before even going as far as worrying about a child’s first steps, we consider the baby’s safety. What better way to take care of our kids than by making sure their crib is safe? It’s one of those things your baby can call their sanctuary so you better make sure it’s one of the best things they can call their own. Here are a few guidelines on how to secure your infant’s sleep.
Now there are a few reminders that we need to consider before we even place our babies on their cribs. We are not required to be too picky when it comes to cribs, although we can be if we want to, as long as a crib provides its sole purpose for your child’s needs. A hand-me-down or previously owned crib will do. Make sure that there are no damages before deciding on using or buying the said crib. Check for any sharp edges, loose screws, chipped paint, shabby parts, and all other things that might harm your child.
It is mandatory that you fix any parts on the crib that are broken or damaged. Prevention is always better than cure. Double-check railings if they are evenly spaced in a reasonable manner. You don’t want your baby falling off the crib through those gaps. Ideally, the walls of a crib should be 26 inches or higher from the top of the mattress.
Rails on cribs should have teething guards in case your baby grows teeth and decides to chew on the top rails. Drop sides should have sturdy safety locks to avoid accidents. The mattress should exactly fit the frame of the crib. It is required you check the crib for any damages periodically to avoid any mishaps. Depending on the make of a crib, it can range from $100-$500.
In addition, it is best to keep the crib clear from toys, stuffed animals, unnecessary pillows, comforters, and other things that might lead to suffocating your child when you are not closely watching him or her. When you have made sure that the hardware is secure, next to think about is where to place the crib. No necessary corners or excluded rooms needed. Just as long as the crib is far from any windows that may cause a draft and leave your baby with a cold. Cleanliness is also a factor. Make sure that everything your baby will be using is as clean as a whistle.
Since babies eventually grow, you must adjust your child’s crib specifications for his or her needs. If needed, buy a new crib. Your baby’s safety depends on the environment that your baby is in. Keep things like cords, strings, and anything else that can strangle your baby away from the crib.
If your baby has a good night’s sleep, you will as well. Making sure your baby’s crib is secure is one concern less to worry about. Happy parenting!