Our house usually gives us a secure feeling. But for babies, toddlers and kids, the house is full of risks and dangers.
Most of the risks can be prevented by awareness and simple prevention actions.
Newborn babies do not crawl so they can be easily secured. Just be aware where you place the crib or bassinet, or trampoline.
- For example not in a pathway where others may trip over them.
- Under heavy objects which may fall on them.
- Not on the kitchen floor under the stove where hot fluids may spill over.
- Not at the top of the stairs where other may fall or push bassinet.
- Not accessible to cats, which may jump and cuddle on their face.
- Not on the tip of the table, where a curious child may pull off.
For babies who begin to crawl (7-12 month) the house becomes a jungle of new possibilities. For toddlers who begin to stand and walk, the options expand, and more actions are needed to prevent injuries. When they begin to climb, new precautions must to be considered.
This guide contains the tips you need to know and actions you need to take, all around the house, to prevent domestic accidents, child poisoning, sleeping and crib hazards.
101 Ultimate Tips & Guide to Babyproofing Your Home
1 - 36 Babyproofing Tips Around the House
Preventing injuries and accidents at home is all about knowing what are the common risks and expecting the ‘worst case scenario’. This guide does not mean to scare you, or to put you on guard 24/7, but to share the dangers and risks, which you may overlook, and might end in a fatal disaster.
By identifying the threat and the possibility of an accident and taking action to prevent it most of the risk is eliminated.
Note that sometimes accidents happen when the parent is in another room, or when someone else is watching the baby (older brother/sister, grandparents or babysitter).
There may be safety accessories you may want to buy, which will help you secure the house better from domestic accidents.
As soon as the baby can crawl they seems to be everywhere and they seem to reach every place. You should prepare your home for the new baby, and make it safe for them!
Follow these tips to baby proof the house from the most common accidents!
- 1. Doors safety
Install rubber stopper on the tops of the doors in your home so doors cannot slam close on baby fingers! There are door joints safety covers which prevent a closing door to pinch and crash your child’s fingers.
Until you get a proper door stopper, placing a rolled towel at the top of a door, it will prevent it from slam shutting.
- 2. Baby Monitor
A video monitor is ideal as it allows you to see your baby when they are playing in another room. You can see if he or she is attempting to climb on a table or are reaching a dangerous place.
But monitor is not a substitute to parental supervision, you will not be able to see if the child has inserted a small object into his mouth through a monitor. Having a monitor is nice to know when wake up from their sleep, but not as a substitute to parental eyes.
- 3. Cords
Electric cords and cables are dangerous as they are easy to grab and pull. Use cord shortening solutions, or place cables away behind appliances.
- 4. Socket covers
Purchase outlet covers to deter your baby from touching the electrical outlets. Some crafty babies have managed to remove the simple covers, so now there are outlet cover that actually need to be twisted to come off, making their removal much harder. They are cheap and important when the baby begin to stand and reach the sockets.
- 5. Pull down items
Tall standing objects are easy to push over, store them away. Coat racks, tall lamps, Christmas tree, decorative items. Babies use a support every time they stand. They will pull on anything!
- 6. Drawers
Lock your drawers and cabinets with safety locks. These are easy to install and are a wonderful tool for keeping your child away from harmful objects in cabinets or getting their finger pinched in drawers.
There are plenty of safety locks and solutions, from wire latches to magnetic locks, which are invisible. See list of safety items here.
- 7. Safety gates
Plan to use sturdy plastic or mesh baby gates to keep your child from entering rooms that should be off limits, such as the laundry room or the kitchen while an adult is cooking dinner. Gates should be placed in front of stairways to keep your child from either climbing up or falling down the steps.
- 8. Staircase railings
Use a plexiglass on stairs and balcony rails so the toddler will not be able to squeeze their head where they shouldn’t. Tiny toddlers may even squeeze their whole body through and fall off.
- 9. Look for small objects
Monitor the house constantly for choking hazard objects. They can be anywhere, and everywhere. Coins, balloons, grapes, bolts, teething toys, toy wheels, Lego parts, plastic bags, left over snacks, beans, beads, nuts, and everything a baby can swallow.
- 10. Slip and fall
Utilize slip proof mats under your rugs to prevent a newly mobile baby from falling. More dangerous falls are those when parents slip on rug with the baby in arms. Watch from slippery rugs at the kitchen, bathroom or top of stairs.
- 11. Toilet lids
Don’t forget to lock the toilet lid in your bathroom. Many babies find the bathroom fascinating and being near the commode is dangerous. Except the stuff they throw in which clog the instillation, they fall in and drown.
- 12. Bathroom safety
Keep a gate in front of the bathroom, or keep door always closed. There are electrical appliances there like hair dryers toddlers can reach and drop in the toilets and get electrocuted. There are toxic cleaning fluids, chemical cosmetic products, sharp objects and poisonous medicine in cupboards.
- 13. Corner guards
Place rubber guards on any sharp corners of your furniture to keep your baby from injury when walking or crawling. Especially around the dinning table, the coffee table the desk and workstation.
- 14. Secure heavy furniture
Use stabilizing straps to attach heavy furniture, such as televisions or dressers to the wall. A walking baby that can reach a heavy piece of furniture may accidentally pull it down and get seriously hurt.
- 15. Knobs
Using cover on the knobs of your stove are a necessity if your baby is walking and can reach these knobs and turn on the gas or electric. If there are low gas valves for heating, secure them too.
- 16. Loose cables
Make sure there are no loose cables and wires, babies can play and get strangled by them. This goes to window curtains, electric wires, phone cables, toy strings, wool strings, cellphone chargers, etc...
- 17. Blinds cords
Use cordless window coverings when possible, many children get strangled by window blinds cords (in their crib!). You can either cut the pull down window cords so they do not reach too low, or make a knot so they do not dangle too low.
- 18. Window falls
Make sure there are no 'climbing accessories' near the windows. Babies can climb a sofa or a chair and try to look down a window and fall off!
Put window rails if you live on a high story building. Remove from under the window anything which can be used for climbing like a chair, pile of books or chest with toys.
- 19. Window falls 2
Get 'window stop' accessories, they prevent the window from opening fully, and keep the children safe from falling through. Children are short, they can't see outside, they have to bend over to see the street!
- 20. Window alarms
Lock doors to balcony and roof patio. Place an alarm signal to alert you when a patio window or door is opened!
There are low cost alarm sensors, which give a signal each time a door or window is opened. This is extremely important if you have a pool!!
- 21. Heaters safety
Keep electric heaters away from clothes and curtains. Keep them away from baby cribs. Babies throw blankets and soft toys around, they can catch fire in seconds!
- 22. Smoke detectors
Have a smoke detector at home. As soon as a toy or clothes catches fire you will hear the alarm. Smoke can kill babies even if the fire has not gone to flames.
- 23. Safer heating solutions
Prefer electric radiators on top of open fire or open flame heaters. Especially in the nursery.
- 24. Flat screen TV falls
Flat screen TV when they are placed on a low counter or table can be easily flipped. Secure them on a wall mount or use TV straps to fix them in place. Hundreds of children get injured and killed by falling flat TVs.
- 25. Home GYM
Exercise equipment are very attractive for infants, because they have many moving parts and make sounds. Infants can get their fingers trapped or smashed by the exercise equipment (treadmill, stepper, power benches, dumbbell weights). Do not exercise when a baby is crawling around.
- 26. Safety gates
Use gates to close off all stairs in your home. Either stairs going up or stairs to a basement. Use gates to seal rooms in your house which are not safe for the baby, like the garage, workshop, or where older brothers or sister play.
- 27. Pressure gates safety
Do not use pressure gates at the top of stairs, they can be hazardous themselves they may give up to a child’s weight, when rocked or at energetic games. They can be used safely on ground level.
- 28. Simple lock mechanism
Prefer gates which are easy to close and open by adults, if they have a complicated closing mechanism, you will be tempted to leave them open when in a hurry.
When the lock is complicated or require more than one hand, you will soon quitusing it. Young brothers or sister will not be able to help you and lock them.
- 29. Low tables
Coffee tables are too low and will grasp the baby attention. Do not keep hazardous objects on them, like glass vase, delicate flower pots, family pictures with glass cover, glass cups, pens and coins. They will be reached!
- 30. Pet's food
If there are pets in the house, keep the pets food away from the baby. Infants can choke on the small pet's food nuggets. Some dogs eat messy, and may leave a trail of nuggets in places only a crawling baby will find.
- 31. Open fireplace
Take extra attention if you have a fire place, get an iron gate which can be placed to keep the small ones from crawling too near. The iron gate may be extremely hot and cause burns too! Make sure the safe zone is extended.
- 32. Carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide alarm is important especially near sleeping areas. They will detect and the alarm will go off when the Carbon monoxide is present! Remember Carbon monoxide has no smell!
- 33. Toy balloons
Latex balloon are a real threat to babies! Hundreds have died by suffocating on these. They are around usually at parties. When a balloon pops, immediately throw away the pieces. Be especially careful when there are other kids in the house, they may play and leave deflated balloons behind.
- 34. Parental supervision
A house is a dynamic place ,always make sure that a responsible adult is watching your baby in every room they go in, and taking care to pick up any loose items in the room that are potential choking hazards, removing heavy items with fall potential, closing windows, closing doors, securing drawers and cabinets, moving a chair from near windows, lifting glass cups higher.
Even if you are sure you childproofed a room, other house members might have altered your proofing by mistake. Make a habit of double checking yourself.
- 35. Visitors are less aware
Be extra careful when you have visitors, they are NEVER as aware to the potential dangers as you are! They may leave small objects around, leave their open bag on the ground with small choking hazards inside.
- 36. Grandparents
Many home accidents happen with grandparents, nanny or the babysitter. They are less aware, and less cautious to the risks and dangers you have just read about. They make honest mistakes, which can end up deadly.
Take them into each room and point out the main dangers – the window, the shaky TV, small objects, loose wire, a socket, a drawer the baby found interesting.
Babies move fast and can quickly find themselves in a dangerous situation. Your undivided attention to your little one will ensure that their baby years are safe, happy and healthy.
As you already know, the risks and dangers evolve together with your child mobility. Adjust the safety measures to your child capabilities.
2 - 27 Tips on Preventing Accidents In The Kitchen
Once your baby begins crawling and eventually walking you will be actually aware of your need to baby proof your home, especially the kitchen area.
In the kitchen there are many dangers, and risks for babies and toddlers. There are sharp edges, hot stuff, live fire, electricity and toxic materials which they can swallow.
Another danger is parents awareness in the kitchen is low, when a parent is cooking or cleaning, they are less aware of the baby activity. Here are tips and guidelines to protect your baby while they are in the kitchen:
- 1. Lower drawers
Remove small objects from lower drawers. Babies crawl and are very curious.
They love playing with lower drawers, opening and closing them. Make sure they do not reach small objects which they can swallow, reach glass items which may shatter.
- 2. Cabinets
Lock all drawers and cabinets. There are all sorts of lock and straps which can avoid cabinets and drawers to open freely.
These will prevent baby from reaching small objects and also from getting their fingers pinched. There are low cost latches and even patent magnetic lock, which leaves the kitchen design as it was.
- 3. Small items
Make sure you pick up everything which falls on the floor or under the table. Especially coins, nails, bolts, batteries, magnets, beads, beans, peas, grapes, bread and any food or small objects baby which crawl tend to swallow.
At very young age they put EVERYTHING in their mouth. Its their natural way to feel and sense the world! Their swallowing mechanism is not yet matured, this is the reason for so many child choking incidents. The small objects slide to the wrong pipe and choke the baby.
- 4. Knives
Make sure you store knifes and other sharp objects like can openers, bottle openers and scissors high and away from their reach. Note that in some age they can reach pretty high.
At the first stages of walking babies are unstable and fall a lot. Make sure they do not hold anything sharp, (fork, chopstick, straw) while waking.
- 5. Dishwasher
Make sure you do not leave dishwasher cleaning tablets or sharp knives, glass plates, glass drinking cups at the reach of babies in the dish washer. Toddlers learn quickly how to open them.
- 6. Slip and fall
Make sure the kitchen floor is dry and not slippery. You do not want to slip over a oil stain, or slip on a rug when the baby is in your arms. Use anti skid rugs.
- 7. Stove safety
When you heat things on a gas stove make sure the pots and pan handles are not facing the kitchen, babies can reach and pull the handle pouring hot water and other boiling stuff on them! Turn the handles away from the edge.
- 8. Stove safety 2
Use back burners when possible so they are out of the baby's reach. Pass this information to the nanny or grandparents, they may use the kitchen as they are used to at their home.
- 9. Stove safety 3
If your built in stove is placed low, a baby can reach it and touch the window and get skin burns. When you are using the stove and the screen window is hot, place a barrier like a stool chair to block access toward the stove.
- 10. Spices
Spices can be toxic for babies, hot spicy chilly can cause skin irritation or eye damage. Keep them high and away.
- 11. Cleaning materials
Cleaning sprays and house hold cleaning fluids are extremely poisonous! They are usually stored under the sink cabinet. Lock this cabinet or raise them to a higher location so they are unreachable.
- 12. Safety cap
When buying cleaning products prefer those which have a safety cap, which is childproof.
- 13. Don't mix food containers
Never store household cleaning products in old food containers! Toddlers recognize them (as food) and try to drink/eat from them.
- 14. Medicine
If you store medicine in the kitchen, keep them high and away. Most vitamins and food supplements are dangerous for babies.
They can either swallow them and get suffocated, or get intoxicated. Raise awareness to this issue with grandparents who may take more medicines and leave them around.
- 15. Play cabinet
You may want to keep one cabinet open and store inside plastic containers, wooden spoons and other safe cooking gadgets babies can play with. Once they have a place they CAN reach and open they will be less determined reaching those which are closed.
- 16. Low sockets
There are plenty of electricity appliances in the kitchen, they chop, heat, mesh and help us prepare food. Watch out from open electricity sockets! Baby can stick a fork, nail, wire in them and get electrocuted.
- 17. Cords and cables
Loose cables of electric appliances are easy to pull. A baby can pull a cord of a boiling kettle, or a hot toaster. Other falling objects can hurt and injure a baby too. Once you have finished using an appliance, remove the it and roll high the cord.
- 18. Plastic bags
You probably have some storage plastic bags for breastmilk or home use lying around the house. Babies put them on the head like hats and get suffocated! They can try and eat them and chew on them and choke.
So make sure to put them away from your kids.
Plastic bags are “silent”, you will not know when the baby plays with them. Suffocation is silent too! Keep them away. Note toys and new items you buy have large plastic bags.
- 19. Glass
Keep glass bottles, glass jars and glass cups away from tip of table or tip of cabinet shelves. If they fall and shatter they will cause cuts and injury to you and the baby.
This is true also for glassware in the refrigerator. Place glass kitchenware at the back of shelf.
- 20. Chairs
Shove chairs back under the table, so they are not used by babies to climb or reach dangerous objects on the table, stove or workplace.
- 21. Folding chairs
Be aware of folding or collapsible chairs, they seem stable but if a toddler steps on the wrong spot (back end), the chair will flip fold and the toddler will fall.
- 22. Table cloth
Do not use table cloth at kitchen table or any other table. Babies pull table clothes! Pulling everything on the table down!
- 23. Highchair safety
When the baby is in the high chair, strap them so they can not stand and get loose! A baby head is heavy when they are young, they fall head first!
When the baby is in the high chair, keep them away from the gas stove or working place, they are high enough to reach small, dangerous, sharp or hot objects which you have moved away from them.
- 25. Look down before you move
Do not carry hot beverages around the kitchen unless you KNOW where your baby is. You can easily trip over them, as they crawl low and silent and can be right behind you.
- 26. Never let baby eat while alone
Some babies choke while eating food! Never leave a baby to eat it's food alone. Most fatal choking accidents happened when the baby was left alone with food, while the parents were somewhere else.
Cut food to small pieces. Get the baby to drink between mouthfuls.
- 27. Sippy cups
Young toddlers get hurt by bottles and pacifiers! When they begin walking they fall over forward with the bottle or sippy cup in their mouth and break their front teeth!
Avoid baby from walking around the house with a sippy cup in their mouth all the time.
- 28. Types of foods to which cause most choking accidents
Avoid giving young toddlers these foods which have caused thousands of choking incidents:
Hot dogs especially cut into a coin shape, popcorn, pretzel nuggets, small snack foods ;
Candy - especially hard or sticky candy, cough drops, gum, marshmallows, caramels, and jelly beans;
Whole grapes, raw vegetables, raw peas, large chunks of fruits, carrots, celery, and cherries;
Peanut butter - especially in spoonfuls or with soft white bread.
Ideally you should begin to baby proof your kitchen space before you bring your newborn home.
The dangers get more real when the baby learns to sit and crawl (around 6-8 month) then they are able to reach more areas, and when they stand and climb you must be at top alert!
3 - 20 Tips on Preventing Accidents In The Bathroom
Bathing your baby is often a daunting task for new parents. Many newborns are weary of the water or wiggly and hard to manage.
It can be a positive and safe experience for both you and your baby, however, if you take care to keep your child out of harm’s way during their bath time.
Remember – Children skin is twice as delicate as adult’s skin. This means they will get skin burns in a shorter period of time compared to adults. Children body surface is smaller than adults so even when a small amount of hot water runs on their body in comparison more skin percentage is affected.
The bathroom has many hazards for babies: sharp objects like scissors and tweezers; poisonous fluids like make up removers and toilet cleaning chemicals; slippery surfaces like soapy tubs; electric appliances like hair dryers and shavers.
The most important tip would be:
- 1. Never leave a baby in the tub alone
Plan to attend to your child the entire time you are giving him or her bath. Never leave your child alone. This means to prepare the bath time by bringing your phone with you, and the necessary towels clothes and diapers.
Should your attention get diverted to another task in the midst of bathing your child remove your baby from the tub in a soft towel and bring him or her with you. Do not leave your baby during their bath for any reason.
- 2. Hand on chest
If you need for any reason to turn your head away, place a hand over the baby’s chest, so you have physical supervision of their movements.
- 3. Baby plastic tub
Use a baby specific bathtub for bath time. A regular adults tub is too hard and large for bathing your baby, and it can often be difficult for adults to bend over while washing their baby and holding onto him or her at the same time.
- 4. Cover hard spouts
Cover the bath spout with a spout cover, or a thick cloth, as many babies slip and get injured in the head by the metal spout. There are low cost spout covers at Amazon.
- 5. Hot spouts
When you fill the tub with hot water, note the 'hot water' pipe might stay very hot, make sure to cover it with some cloth, so the baby will not touch or hold it and get a skin burn.
- 6. Be organized for bath time
Take time to plan ahead for bath time by gathering all of the materials that you will need for bathing. Be sure to have baby shampoo, gentle soap for babies, clean towels and soft washcloths at the ready during bath time. If you forgot something, let it go and never leave the baby in order to get it.
When washing a baby bring your phone with you to the bath. Accidents occur in seconds. Parents who have left the baby “for two seconds” just to answer a phone call, or answer a doorbell found their baby have drowned until they were back. Ignore ALL phone calls, phone ringing and doorbells when supervising a baby in a tub.
Keep your baby’s change of clothes and fresh diaper nearby the bathtub so you can quickly and efficiently dress him or her after being dried off.
- 7. Boiling temperature
Take care to use warm, but not hot water. About 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) is an appropriate temperature for your baby’s bathing comfort.
Test the water temperature in the inside of your wrist as well as with a thermometer before putting your baby in the water.
- 8. Fill cold water first
A clever tip is to begin to fill the bath with cold water and only then add the hot water. If you do it other way around there is a chance the baby will touch boiling hot water or the tub bassinet may get too hot.
- 9. Do not over fill the bath
The number one fatal accidents in bath tubs is drowning! Babies have drowned in 3-4 inches of water when unattended. Their head is heavy compared to their body weight and their neck isn’t developed yet to lift the head out of the water.
- 10. Electrical items and water
Be certain your baby’s bathing experience is done in a safe place that is clear of electrical wires and electrical items such as blow dryers, shavers near or around the tub.
When heating the bathroom, avoid electric heaters placed near the bath, or near the changing top. Avoid long cords crossing the bathroom.
- 11. Non stick pads
If you do use a baby sized bathtubs in a regular adult bathtub take care to use nonstick pads under the baby tub to prevent slippage.
- 12. Cover hot water faucets
Cover the hot water faucets & tap with cloth, these can be extremely hot. For 12-18 month babies cover both taps to soften the blow if they slip and hit it with their head.
- 13. Water faucets
In addition, make sure that your baby cannot reach the faucets from their baby bathtub and accidentally turn on the hot water.
- 14. Slip and fall
Make sure you have a dry rug under your feet; you do not want to slip over a slippery floor when holding the baby.
- 15. Slippery baby
Wash the baby from all the soap and shampoo before lifting them off the bath tub. When baby is soapy and wet they can slip between your fingers like eels.
- 16. Empty bath tub
If there are other children at home, once the bath time is over, empty the bath. Young children have drowned in tubs which were left filled for other members.
- 17. Have safe toys in the bath
Check the age rating on baby bath toys to determine the right toys for your little one, and encourage your baby to have fun playing in their bath too. Sharing some soft bath books are an enjoyable way to calm your baby down if he or she is uneasy in the water. A calm bath is a safe bath.
- 18. Bath seats and rings are controversial
Many argue that they aren't safe because they give parents a false sense of security about leaving a baby alone in the tub for a few moments to answer the phone or run to the linen closet.
- 19. Bath seat
A bath seat may help you keep the baby sitting upright. Make sure the bath seat is properly attached to the tub, by vacuum or tub rails. A T-bar or strap needs to run between your baby's legs.
- 20. Floating bath rings are not approved!
Watch out from bath-rings, which are floating rings parents put to keep babies upright. As of 2003, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said bath rings were no longer being produced for the U.S. market, but they can still be found for sale in some stores and online. Babies can flip over and drown when parents think they can leave the baby alone.
Bath time can be fun if you take time to prepare a safe environment for your child and attend to your baby throughout the entire process. Most of the tips here are related to bathing the baby.
Toddlers and babies should not be allowed to a bathroom without supervision! Make sure the bathroom door is properly locked!
4 - 18 Tips to Keep Your Baby Safe In The Crib
Sleep is crucial for babies, and your baby needs a substantial amount of sleep each day. Keeping your baby safe when he or she is sleeping is a top priority.
According to new statistics from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 10,000 infant ER visits a year are because of crib malfunctions or mishaps. What’s more, 100 infants and toddlers each year die as a result of unsafe sleeping environments.
Here are the practices you need to make the crib safer place for your baby:
- 1. Slats width
When choosing a crib make sure the distance between the crib rails or slats is a standard size of no further apart than 2 3/8" wide. Your child’s head should not be able to fit between the rails or slats on the crib. If the slats are too wide apart the baby’s head can be trapped between the bars.
- 2. Wooden bars
Older wooden crib bars can break, and leave a wide opening, from which the baby might fall off. Broken wooden bars might even injure a baby. 12% of baby injuries reported were caused by broken crib bars. If one of the wooden rails or slats in cracked do not use the crib. Get a newer one.
- 3. How to measure
An easy way to judge safe crib bar distance measurement without using a tape measure is to try to fit a full soda can in between the rails. As a soda can is typically 2 3/8" wide you can quickly see if your potential crib choice is a safe one.
- 4. Do not use cribs with drop down side railings
These have been recalled! New regulations made sure cribs do not have any drop down rails. These drop down side rails have caused severe injuries, by trapping baby’s limbs or head. They loosen, and fall. Since 2010 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale, resale, and manufacture of drop-side cribs in the United States.
- 5. Find the official updated info
Check the websites of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association (JPMA) or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to be certain that the crib you have chosen is void of structural problems and product recalls.
- 6. Corner posts
Take note of the size of the corner posts on the crib you have chosen. The corner post should not be any higher than 1/16" high. The reason for this height standard is due to the risk of your baby’s clothing getting caught on the posts, leading to the possibility of strangulation.
- 7. Check for toxic paints
Ensure that if your child’s crib is made of wood that the paint is non-toxic. There are many cribs available that are made with certified organic wood, which is particularly useful for any parent concerned with potential chemical exposure.
Remember that sometimes toddlers chew the railings. Buy only cribs which are painted with Lead Free paints. Lead poisoning can cause long term side effects including development delays.
- 8. Use the right mattress
When placing the mattress in the crib it must be tight fitting and firm. A way to test the safety of your mattress fit is to try to fit two of your fingers side-by-side between the baby crib wall and the side of the mattress.
If you can fit your fingers in this spot in a side-by side position, the mattress you have chosen is too small and not the right fit for your crib. Most standard crib mattresses are 61 5/8" by 27 ¼", which usually fit snugly in the average consumer crib.
- 9. Don't leave them a 'ladder'
Do not leave of any kind stuff which might give the baby the option to climb out and trip over the railings. Remove from the crib any large toys, diaper packs, folded blankets. Toddlers will use them to climb/fall over.
- 10. Crib must be sturdy
Take care to choose a crib for your baby that is sturdy, assembled correctly and has no dangerous attributes. Some babies when upset rock the crib aggressively, you do not want it to crack down. Check periodically that all the bolts and joints are firm.
- 11. Do not leave soft toys in crib!
It might look cute to see the soft teddy bear near your charming baby, but it's this kind of toys which suffocate babies. Make sure there are no loose sheets, soft toy, any strings, or unnecessary blankets in the crib. Babies move and swirl at night and these might suffocate them.
- 12. Watch out from cords
Keep away from the crib any kinds of cords! Electric cords or other.
For example cords and wires for baby monitor, or wires for baby breathing sensors, especially curtains or blinds cords. They should not be crossing over or near the crib. These can result in fatal strangulation.
Where To Place The Crib
- 13. Choose an area for the crib that is flat and designed for this sturdy and heavy piece of furniture. Placing your baby’s crib in an area that has loose flooring or is slanted will put your baby at risk for accidental furniture movement and falls.
- 14. Choose an area for the crib not too near a window, when babies begin to stand/walk they can climb from the crib over the window edge!
- 15. Also make sure there are no heavy objects stored above the crib, these might fall on the baby.
- 16. Do not hang anything above the crib, some parents hang clothes or the crib blankets and bedding on a shelf above the crib. These might drop over the baby's face, or fall into the crib and get fasten around their neck. Do not put objects such as mobiles above cribs if they fall, or grabbed they are just as dangerous.
- 17. If the crib is placed near a window which gets lots of sun, be sure to use SPF material for the curtains or blinds in your baby’s room. Babies skin is thinner and more sensitive, the UV is more harmful for them.
- 18. Never let the baby sleep with an electric heater too close to the crib. Clothes and blankets might catch fire and lit. Note that when a heater is too close to a painted crib, some paints when heated will release toxic odor.
We also published in-depth infographic that cover 15 tips on getting your baby to sleep in cribs, you can check it here.
Top 10 Baby Sleeping FAQs
1. Where is the safest place for my baby to sleep?
Never let the baby sleep in a smoker room or a room which someone have been smoking in. Do not bring the baby to your bed. Shared sleeping has ended up in too many baby suffocation. Place your baby on a firm mattress.
Keep sleeping area clear of soft bedding, including fluffy blankets, comforters, body pillows, stuffed animals, changing pads, bumper pads, and wedges. Sleep clothing, such as sleepers, sleep sacks, and wearable blankets are better alternatives to blankets.
2. Should my baby use a pacifier?
Sucking on a pacifier at nap time and bedtime might reduce the risk of SIDS. If you’re breast-feeding, wait to offer a pacifier until your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old and you’ve settled into an effective nursing routine.
Secure a pacifier to your baby with a very short strap – Remember it’s a strangling hazard.
3. Should I give my baby “Tummy Time”?
Yes! Tummy time helps the baby strengthen their upper body, which may help them develop. A stronger upper body will support the baby if it needs to lift its head.
Being able to move its head reduces your baby’s risk of SIDS because they can move away from anything smothering them. Strong muscles let your baby later on roll over, sit, and crawl.
Remember: Never let your baby sleep on their tummy, because even one time increases their risk of SIDS !!
4. How to prevent baby from getting a flat head?
Tummy time – Give your baby a few minutes of tummy time s few times a day. Short, frequent sessions are easier for the baby and will eventually get longer.
Change arms – Switch arms when holding your baby it will be strange for you, but healthy for the baby. If you are breastfeeding do the same, switch arms when feeding your baby.
5. Are there baby-crib-safety standards?
Yes! Beginning June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. Check CPSC’s crib recall list to make sure that your crib has not been recalled.
6. Is a mobile over the crib safe?
A mobile can calm the baby, but low hanging strings are dangerous. Make sure the mobile does not have long strings which can strangle the baby if they ever reach the baby.
Make sure the baby can NOT reach the mobile floating pieces when laying on their back. The safest mobiles are those which are attached to the crib from the side.
Make sure the floating items are each large enough so they cannot be swallowed if they EVER get pulled in.
7. Baby Not Calm While on Changing Table?
There are several ways to keep a baby calm on the changing table. Keep a basket of fun objects above the changing table — toys that baby only gets to see at changing time, they will want to hold them.
Sing a song, make faces, make funny noises, speak in low voice or funny voice, keep a portable picture screen close by. These may distract the baby while you finish the changing process.
When they are a little older you can put a drop of lotion on their finger and let them rub it. Change the table position, or change the baby at another place.
8. What about co-sleeping with baby?
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) strongly oppose co-sleeping with babies. Statistics show many babies have been suffocated to death when sleep sharing with parents. Smothering, SIDS, and falling off the bed are part of the reasons it is not advised.
First – Babies especially newborn, suffocate from the deep soft mattress, blankets, cushions and bedding in the parents bed.
Second – Babies and toddlers suffocate when the extra tired parent (which is every parent..) rolls over them and prevents their free breathing.
Third – Statistics show that the risk for SIDS rises dramatically when the baby is sleeping in a room with a smoker, or a room which someone else have smoked in.
If you are breastfeeding, place the bassinet or crib close by, and return the baby to it’s safe sleeping when done.
9. Should I let my baby to sleep on stomach?
NO! Sleeping on the tummy can increase dramatically the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The risk of SIDS peaks between 1 and 4 months of age but remains a threat until babies are 12 months.
Once a baby is strong enough to roll from back to front and front to back by himself. Put him down to sleep on his back until he is a year old.
A study published in 2003 in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found other benefits, too for back sleeping position: Infants who sleep on their back suffer from fewer ear infections, fevers, and stuffy noses than babies who sleep in other positions.
10. Is it safe to use bumpers on my baby’s crib?
NO! The American Academy of Pediatrics and SIDS prevention groups caution against using crib bumpers. There are several reasons: Crib bumpers can reduce the free airflow to the baby which is accossiated with SIDS. Crib bumpers can get loose and strangle the baby.
If the baby rolls to the side, their face may be pressed to the bumper and they get less air! Which can end in suffocation. They are not needed.
Note that the “breathable” bumpers, are not recommended by the AAP either.