Crib safety concerns

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Your baby’s crib should be the safest place on earth. From crib design to what your baby wears, here are a few important things to carefully consider so you can get the peace of mind you deserve.

Old cribs

Many parents find hand-me-downs essential for affording all the new costs of having a child, but a crib is one place where it’s worthwhile to spend money on something new.

The standards for cribs are constantly changing, and it’s important to have a crib that matches the latest safety guidelines. As recently as 2011, federal safety standards prohibit the manufacturing and sale of drop-side rail cribs. Sad to say, but that lovely crib you inherited might actually be dangerous.

Bumper Alternatives

You might be worried about your baby banging against hard crib slats, getting their leg stuck, or not having a comfortable, cozy place to sleep. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics stated that bumpers should not be used in the crib because of the “heightened risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.”

But don’t worry, you can still provide a safe and comforting space for your baby. We recommend you take a look at the “>Just Born® Fresh-Air Crib Liner®. This mesh crib liner will keep your baby’s arms and legs inside their crib, while allowing fresh air to flow so baby stays comfortable throughout the night. It’s quick to install and easily fits any 4 sided, slatted crib. Best of all, it’s completely safe. Tap here to learn more about the “>Just Born® Fresh-Air Crib Liner®.

An Empty Crib is a Safe Crib

Your baby doesn’t need all the same bedroom comforts that you do. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pillows, blankets, and comforters should never be placed in a crib. All your baby needs is a firm mattress and a tight fitting crib sheet.

Safe Sleepwear

Without blankets, how is your infant supposed to stay warm? You’ve got a few options:

  • Standard onesie: A tight fitting outfit is typically enough to keep your baby warm throughout the night, but be mindful of your thermostat settings.
  • Swaddles: A swaddled baby will be less likely to startle, and sleep more securely. Our partners at “>Just Born® make a product called the “>Deluxe Swaddle® designed to help you get a perfect swaddle every time. It’s like a blanket but better, with head support, comfort wraps® to provide colic relief, and mesh air vents to prevent overheating.
  • Wearable blankets: Now here’s an interesting, safer alternative to loose blankets in the crib. The “>Just Born® Wear-a-Blanket® is a snug, zip-up style sleepwear that’s roomy enough to let your baby to move their legs freely, which is great for hip-healthy development.

Back is Best

Place baby on their back and make sure your newborn is in the center of the crib. Having a fan in the room for air circulation is a great idea!

For the most part, crib dangers are easy to avoid if you keep yourself informed. We hope you have many peaceful nights when your newborn arrives. For a cozy crib that’s as safe as you could ever hope for, take a look at our sponsor, “>Just Born®, and their “>Well Sleep Collection featuring the Fresh-Air Crib Liner®, the cozy Deluxe Swaddle®, and the innovative Wear-a-Blanket®.

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