Crib safety is important to your child’s health and to us!
Have you seen the Xfinity commercial with the “security” knight waking up the baby by eating chips? Here at Alzein Pediatric Associates, it’s not the chips that upset us; it’s the crib!
Read below to find out why we’re concerned – and what you can do to keep your child safe while they sleep.
First – the mattress is much too high.
This baby is old enough to sit up, crawl and probably stand. As soon as your child can roll over, start moving the mattress lower. Once your child can stand, the mattress should be set at the lowest position so Baby cannot climb over the railing and fall.
Second – the crib is too close to the window.
Position your baby’s crib as far away from any windows as possible. Baby should not be able to reach (and pull down) shades, drapes or curtains. Adjustment pulls/strings on blinds are a choking hazard; keep them as short as possible in every room. If the crib is close to dressers, make sure it’s clear of objects Baby can pull into the crib – and far enough away so Baby can’t use it to climb.
Third – the crib is STUFFED with dangerous objects.
The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees: NEVER EVER put stuffed toys, pillows, blankets, comforters or pillows of any kind in the crib with Baby. Do not use crib bumpers. These items can cause suffocation and have been linked to SIDS.
Lastly – the mobile above the crib is all wrong, too.
Make sure any decorative mobiles are well out of reach of Baby, and any strings or ribbons are shorter than 7”. As soon as your child can push up on his hands and knees, remove any mobiles, as they become a strangulation risk.
Your baby should sleep in a crib with slats no more than 2-3/8” apart. Slats should be secure, not cracked, loose or splintered. Replace a missing or broken slat before your child sleeps in the crib again. Ensure that sides latch securely and that latches cannot be reached or released by your child.
Baby’s mattress should fit snugly, with no gaps between the mattress and crib. The mattress should be firm and covered in sheets that snugly fit.
If you have questions about your child’s crib safety, contact Alzein Pediatric Associates by calling 708-424-7600. We’ll be happy to give you guidelines and direction to keep your child safe while sleeping!