Parenting Infants and Crib Safety Tips
You can't be with your baby all of the time, so the infants sleeping area should be absolutely solid when it comes to your baby's safety. When parenting infants, crib hazards can be real. You can aviod these hazards by following these basic guidelines to ensure that your baby is safe while he or she sleeps:
After purchasing a new crib mattress, throw out the plastic encasement material that where used for covering the crib mattress to keep the baby safe because the plactic is a safety issue and can easily lead to suffocation. Instead use a a commercial mattress cover which zips made from a material spefically for crib mattresses.
Next, pay attention to when your infant reaches the developmental stage where they can sit in the crib. At this point you want to lower the level of the crib bottom to where your baby won't fall out regardless if they lean against the side or try to pull themselves over it. Set the mattress at its lowest level before they learn to stand. The most common accidents happen when a child tries to climb out by themselves so be sure to move your child to a "big kids" bed by the time they are 35 inches tall or the side rail comes up to their chest.
Kids can be hard on their cribs, so keep checking the crib for damaged areas or frayed points on the metal connectors. If the crib is wooden, check for splinters and sharp edges.
When the baby is big enough to pull themselves to a standing position, take out any hard toys, large pillows, or needless crib bumpers which can be used as a step aid for climbing out of their crib.
Parenting infants is hard enough when they are awake. You want your time to be worry free when they are sleeping as well as safe for your little one.