Take That Stuff Out of Baby’s Crib


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Take That Stuff Out of Baby’s Crib

Your baby’s crib really shouldn’t have much in it other than the baby herself. While it can be tempting to load the crib up with everything from stuffed toys to fluffy blankets and pillows, studies continue to show that the safest sleep environment for your baby is a crib with a firm, properly fitted mattress with a tight sheet.

The only thing that should go in the crib is your baby. Swaddle the baby snuggly in a blanket or put her in a sleep sack, and lay her on her back to sleep.

Here are some of the main things people put in baby’s cribs and why they shouldn’t be there:

  • Blankets. One blanket is fine, as long as your baby is swaddled in it or (for older babies) if the blanket is firmly tucked in. Loose blankets present a suffocation hazard, as baby can easily get her face pressed up against them, especially once she starts flopping around a bit in her sleep.
  • Pillows. As adults, it may be hard to envision sleeping without a pillow, but babies don’t have any problems sleeping without one. Pillows should not be used until baby is at least a year old, as they present a choking/suffocation problem.
  • Bumpers. Younger babies can get their faces pressed against them and suffocate, much as they can with blankets. Older babies can use them to step up and over the side of the crib, leading to a nasty fall.
  • Toys. They really don’t help younger babies sleep, and many of them present choking or suffocation hazards. Leave them out of the crib until after baby’s first birthday.
  • Bottle. When babies fall asleep with a bottle, the formula can actually cause tooth decay. By the time baby is able to hold the bottle herself, she either has teeth already or will be getting them soon. Feed her first, then put her in the crib. A pacifier, on the other hand, is fine and, in fact, has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Sleep positioners. Most of these have been pulled off of the market because of the proven risk of SIDS. But if you happen to have one, you’ll want to take it out of baby’s crib.


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