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5 Ways to Make the Nursery Safer
- The American Academy of Pediatrics says to be sure that babies under a year old sleep on their backs. Use a firm, snugly fitting mattress and keep no other items in the crib (no blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, etc., as cute as they might be); make sure that the space between crib rails is no wider than 2 3/8 inches, that all screws or bolts are tightened and sturdy, that there is nothing hanging from the ceiling with dangling ribbons or strings, and that older cribs have been stripped of paint that might contain lead.
- When baby can sit up, move the mattress to its lowest level so she can’t pull herself over the rails.
- Once your baby is 35 inches tall or her crib is less than 3/4 of her height, it’s time to move to the big-girl bed.
- Do not buy nightlights that get hot after being on for a while and do not place them near drapery or any other fabric they might inadvertently heat up and cause fire.
- Always keep one hand on the baby when he’s on the changing pad. Rolling over the first time will be a surprise, so be prepared for it to happen anywhere.