Crib Safety…

21 Feb

Bedtime is the time of day when most parents feel relieved of their parental duties as they put their children down for a night of rest.  If you are like me and you put your baby in a crib to sleep at night, it may seem like the safest place they have been all day especially compared to speeding down the highway in the backseat of the car {safely secured in their car seats, of course!} or even exploring the stranger-filled {and germy} mall from their stroller.   But, it is amazing how many things there are to take into consideration just to lay your baby or young child down to sleep SAFELY.

My biggest bedtime concern with my children was and still is SIDS.  Even though both of my children have passed the identified danger zone {the first year of life}, I am still very cautious with both of them.  Interestingly enough, SIDS prevention is basically suffocation prevention…placing your baby on a firm and flat surface to sleep and removing all fluffy or soft objects like pillows and stuffed-toys from the sleeping surface.  It is recommended that infants are swaddled with their hands free {think: by their face} or even sleep sans blanket.  Mothers who experienced a healthy and especially drug-use-free and smoking-free pregnancy are less-likely to have a SIDS experience as are mothers who space their pregnancies at least one year apart.

There are a few more easy and very important things parents can do to decrease their infant’s chance of SIDS…#1: Placing your baby on his/her BACK to sleep!!, #2 creating a smoke-free environment.  #3 Pacifier use.  Those are all pretty simple, right?!?!  But even if they weren’t simple…you would do them for your child’s safety, right?!?!  If you want to test your SIDS knowledge, click here.

Last, but not least, ALL drop-side cribs have been outlawed due to the sickening number of suffocation deaths related to them.  So, if you have one, it’s time to go crib-shopping again or maybe make the move to the big-girl/big-boy bed.

This post and my last post are both tangents that I had to separate from another post I am in the process of creating {I guess I am very long-winded on the subject of safety!}.  So, stay tuned…hopefully my next post will be about cord safety…in and out of the crib!

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