Mommy Guide: Nursery Safety Tips
Here are a few general safety recommendations:
If your crib is older or borrowed, be extra careful.
Remove bumper pads, toys, pillows, and stuffed animals from the crib by the time baby can pull up to stand.
Remove all crib gyms, hanging toys, and decorations from the crib by the time baby can get up on his hands and knees.
Make sure the crib has no elevated corner posts or decorative cutouts in the end panels.
Make sure slots on crib are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
Make sure that all screws, bolts, and hardware -- including mattress supports -- are in tight to prevent the crib from collapsing.
Fit the crib mattress snugly, without any gaps, so baby can't slip in between the crack and the crib side.
Make sure there are no plastic bags or other plastic material in or around the crib.
Check the crib for small parts and pieces that baby could choke on.
The wood should be smooth with no splinters. And if the crib's painted, make sure the paint isn't peeling.
Make sure the night-light is not near or touching drapes or a bedspread where it could start a fire.
To reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), put baby to sleep on her back in a crib with a firm, flat mattress -- no soft bedding underneath her.
Don't wait to childproof your space. A newborn may look perfectly innocent, but before you know it, that little bundle of joy will become a bouncing bundle of toddler trouble! Better to be prepared now than surprised later.