8 months old
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:
- Most crib-related accidents happen in older, hand-me-down cribs that are a bit outdated. This applies to your home, but keep it in mind when you’re traveling too – if grandma and grandpa get a hand-me-down, make sure it’s up to standard.
- For instance, as of Dec, 2010, the CSPIA has banned the manufacture, sale, and re-sale of drop-side cribs.
- You shouldn’t be able to fit so much as a soda can between your baby’s crib slats.
- 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.