Household Safety: Preventing Injuries in the Cribenparents baby will spend a lot of time in the crib, and it's your job to make sure it's always a safe environment. Here's how to ensure the safety of your littlest, toddler, toddlers, infant, infants, newborn, newborns, safety, medicines, medications, cleaning supplies, poisons, poison control, gates, cabinet locks, cruising, crawling, walking, toddling, rolling, playpens, safety gates, houseplants, plants09/27/200502/12/201902/12/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD02/11/20190ff1a48e-b3c7-4b8c-9c7c-8c5d216a3e82<p>Your baby will spend a lot of time in the crib, napping during the day and sleeping at night. It's very important to make sure it's always a safe environment. Always place your baby to sleep on his or her back to help prevent <a href="">sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)</a>.</p> <p>Here are other important ways to keep your baby safe:</p> <h3>What to Look for</h3> <p>Check any crib for safety before placing your baby in it &mdash; whether it's a new crib or a hand-me-down; at home, in a childcare setting, or at a relative's home.</p> <p>Make sure that:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>The slats are no more than 2-3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart and aren't cracked, loose, splintered, or missing.</li> <li>There are no decorative cutouts on the headboard or footboard in which the baby could become caught.</li> <li>There are no sharp or jagged edges.</li> <li>The sides latch securely.</li> <li>Drop-side latches can't be released by the child.</li> <li>There are no screws sticking out and all screws are accounted for.</li> <li>Tightly attached corner posts are no more than 1/16 inch (1.5 millimeters) high.</li> </ul> <p>Inside the crib, make sure that:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>The crib sheet snugly fits the mattress (never use an adult sheet).</li> <li>the mattress fits snugly against the sides of the crib and there aren't big gaps between the mattress and the crib.</li> <li>The&nbsp;mattress is kept at its lowest position once your child can stand.</li> <li>The&nbsp;mattress is firm, not soft.</li> <li>Soft toys, comforters, blankets, and pillows (adult pillows, throw pillows, or infant donut pillows) are never kept in the crib.</li> <li>There are no bumpers in the crib.</li> <li>There are no mobiles or toys with strings or ribbons longer than 7 inches (18 centimeters) hanging above the crib.</li> <li>Mobiles are removed when the baby begins to push up on his or hands and knees, or by 5 months, whichever comes first.</li> </ul> <p>Also check that:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>There are no cords from drapes or window shades that could cause strangulation anywhere near the crib or within the baby's reach.</li> <li>The&nbsp;crib isn't subject to a <a href="">safety recall</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Be Prepared</h3> <p>If you're expecting a baby or you already have a child, it's a good idea to:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Learn <a href="">cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)</a> and the <a href="">Heimlich maneuver</a>.</li> <li>Keep important and emergency phone numbers posted where caregivers can see them and add them to your contacts list in your cellphone. These include the toll-free poison-control number (1-800-222-1222), your doctor's number, parents' work and cellphone numbers, neighbor's or nearby relative's number (if you need someone to watch other children in an emergency).</li> <li>Make a first-aid kit and keep emergency instructions inside. Refill it as needed.</li> <li>Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.</li> </ul>Seguridad en casa: cómo prevenir las lesiones en la cunaSu bebé pasará mucho tiempo en la cuna, haciendo siestas durante el día y durmiendo por la noche. Es muy importante que se asegure de que la cuna de su hijo sea siempre un lugar seguro. Aquí encontrará formas importantes de mantener seguro a su bebé.
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