For new parents, peace of mind can be hard to come by when your little bundle of joy enters the world. There are new routines and processes that need to be developed once they arrive, and even the littlest of precautions can help avoid complications when caring for your baby. The fact of the matter is, babies are fragile and are susceptible to things that are sometimes out of the parents’ control, such as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). A baby needs a crib or bassinet so that they have their own space in which they can safely sleep without the risk of being crushed or suffocated by another adult or child.
Cribs must be made according to the standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which includes but is not limited to: having the date of manufacture on it, sidebars no more than 2-3/8″ apart to prevent baby from getting out, and a mattress that fills the entire bed with not a lot of extra room. It is also important to understand the risks that come with buying a secondhand crib, such as unstable hinges, sharp or protruding pieces, and damage to the structure of the crib. Additionally, old cribs with drop-down sides or bumpers should be avoided (and at best, taken apart and recycled) because of the risks they pose to the baby. The best thing is to place the baby on its back on a firm baby mattress in its crib with no extra pillows, blankets, or anything they could potentially roll onto or get into their mouth. The most a baby needs and can safely have in their crib is a flat waterproof pad and a fitted sheet.
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