8 months old

Crib Safety

As your little one gets bigger, your baby’s crib becomes less of a safe haven and more of a potential jungle gym. Here’s what you need to know for a safer sleep environment:

  • You’ve probably noticed your baby pulling up to stand in his or her crib. It’s time to lower the mattress as low as it will possibly go, making it harder for your baby to climb out.
  • If you haven’t done so already, ditch the bumpers. At this point, their only purpose is to provide a stepping-stone for your baby to climb over.
  • The same goes for big stuffed animals that your baby can use to climb on and escape.
  • Still using a mobile? Your baby could use it to pull him or herself up on, so move it out of reach.
  • Consider rearranging your baby’s furniture if the crib is butted up next to another piece of furniture, like the dresser, which your baby can use to climb on and over.
  • As always, make sure that your baby’s crib isn’t near any hanging curtains, canopies or blind cords – all of which can be very dangerous.
  • Also avoid close proximity to windows, heaters and lamps.
  • Although your baby can proficiently roll and has a reduced SIDS risk, still avoid any fluffy blankets and pillows. If for no other reason, just so that your baby doesn’t pile them up for a boost out of the crib.
  • Is your baby gnawing on the crib railings? You can find teething bumpers to preserve your crib.
  • Looking for a safer crib mattress? See our top picks here, as well as useful tips:
    • Make sure the mattress fits snugly – allowing no more than two fingers to fit in between your baby’s mattress and crib. One of the most common crib-related deaths is from babies getting trapped between the mattress and crib, suffocating.
    • As of Feb. 10, 2009, the Consumer Products Safety Improvements Act (CSPIA) banned certain varieties of phthalates in crib mattresses, usually found in waterproof, vinyl coverings. Luckily there are safer, more eco-friendly alternatives.
    • Phthalates have been linked to endocrine system problems and even cancer, which could be more dangerous to a developing baby than to an adult.
  • Also make sure your baby’s crib meets safety standards:
  • You shouldn’t have to worry about moving your baby to a bed until the toddler years (the generally accepted rule is when your baby is 35 inches tall), but some babies – especially those particularly talented escape artists – might be ready earlier. Not quite at 8 months, but maybe sooner than you think.

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20 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

    This site is very informative. I appreciate it. Thank

  6. Chitra kohli says:


  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

  20. bhanu says:

    My boy 6month old. my baby has cold and cough not quire.pls tell me home medicine…

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