The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices would like to provide to you some nursery safety tips.
Here are some tips about cribs:
- Use a firm mattress that is the correct size for the crib. There should be no gaps.
- If you can fit 2 fingers between the mattress and the side of the crib, it is too loose.
- Cover the mattress with a snug fitting crib sheet.
- The slats of the crib should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. A baby’s head could get trapped between widely spaced slats.
- Do not place pillows, blankets, bumper pads or stuffed toys in the crib with the baby. Use sleepers or sacks instead of blankets
- Remove any hanging toys or mobiles when the baby is able to get up on all fours (usually around 5 months of age).
- Never use a crib with loose or missing pieces.
- Never leave the side of a mesh playpen down. A baby could become trapped and suffocate in the mesh.
- Once a baby can pull himself up standing, keep large toys out of the playpen.
He might try to use these items as steps.
- Remove all toys and stuffed animals before putting a baby down to sleep.
- Always use the changing table’s safety belt to help prevent your baby from falling.
- Keep at least one hand on the baby at all times, even when using the safety belt.
- Never leave a baby on the changing table unsupervised.
- Cover all electrical outlets with safety covers.
- Place cribs and other nursery furniture away from windows.
- Keep cords from blinds and draperies out of reach. If possible, use cordless window treatments.
- Never place a baby to sleep on a soft surface, such as a water bed, sofa, soft mattresss or pillow.
- Babies should sleep on the backs on a firm mattress.
- Keep powders and other products out of the baby’s reach.
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