Setting Up the Nursery
To ensure your babys safety, you must choose the correct kinds of equipment, supplies, and toys. Follow these suggestions for a safe and well-equipped room for the baby.
- All cribs made before 1986 are unsafe. Check the date on the cribs label. Do not use a crib that does not have a label, is homemade, or was made before 1986.
- The space between crib bars should be no more than 6 centimeters (2 3/8 inches).
- The part of the crib that supports the mattress should be attached permanently to the crib frame.
- The crib should not have any corner posts that could catch on clothing and no design cut-outs in the headboard or footboard.
- It is important to make sure the crib does not have any loose, missing, or broken parts.
- The crib mattress should be firm and free of any plastic covering. Make sure it fits tightly within the crib and is no more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) thick.
- Lower the mattress level as your baby grows, with the mattress at its lowest level by the time your baby can sit up.
- Lock the sides into place after putting your baby in the crib.
- Babies should sleep on their backs; never face down.
- Do not let the baby wear a necklace or a soother on a cord.
- Place the crib away from windows, curtains, cords, lamps, electrical plugs, and extension cords.
- Do not put soft mattresses, pillows, comforters, stuffed toys, or bumper pads in cribs.
- Supervise babies when toys or bottles are also in the crib.
- Remove mobiles and activity gyms by 5 months of age. Children who can lift themselves onto their hands and knees can strangle on these items.