Selecting a crib for your baby

Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Selecting a crib for your baby

A crib or a cot is a small bed especially designed for infants and very young children.

While buying a crib for your child, keep the following things in mind:

  1. The crib should not have drop-side rails, which means it should have fixed side rails. The cribs with drop-side rails have been banned because infants get trapped or strangulated in the side space of the drop-side rail.
  2. The next important safety measure is to check the slat distance. The safe distance between slats is 6 cm. This distance protects the infant from falling out and trapping their heads between the slats.
  3. Buy a crib that has the firmest mattress. Check it yourself. Soft mattresses increase the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  4. Ensure that there is no extra space between the mattress and a crib to avoid baby from sliding. So the mattress should fit in properly.
  5. The corner posts should be at the right height that is over 16 inches. In case if you are using a used crib from family or friends make sure to look for its condition and fittings and in any case, it should not be older than 10 years.
  6. Always place your baby on his/her back to sleep.
  7. Keep checking all the screws and hardware regularly and tighten them if needed.
  8. Do not put anything extra in the crib like soft toys, extra mattresses, comforters or anything. This can cause your baby to suffocate.
  9. Whenever you are placing your baby in the crib, see that (s)he is not wearing any bib or neck-piece as it may strangulate the baby.
  10. Keep a vigilant eye over your baby when (s)he is in the crib, do not leave the baby unattended for longer duration.

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