Crib Safety

Thursday, October 06, 2016

One of the first decisions a parent will make for a baby will be where he or she will sleep. Dr. Edward Hill discusses steps to take to make sure your crib is safe in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Your baby will spend a lot of time in the crib, napping during the day and sleeping at night. Its your job to make sure its a safe environment.

You should always place your baby to sleep on his or her back to prevent sudden infant death syndrome.

Before placing your baby in any crib, make sure that:

The slats are no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart and are sturdy and intact

There are no decorative cutouts on the headboard or footboard in which the baby could become caught

There are no sharp or jagged edges

The crib sheet fits the mattress snugly

The mattress fits snugly against the sides of the crib and there arent big gaps between the mattress and the crib

There are no cords from drapes or window shades that could cause strangulation near the crib

Federal regulations now prohibit the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs and require stronger slat strength and mattress support durability.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.