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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Crib Safety Tips for an Older Infant

Now that Tyler is pulling up, it's time for us to lower the mattress and remove the mobile. I found this handy checklist to make sure we keep Tyler safe:
  • Lower the mattress so that when your child stands, at least 2/3 of his body is below the crib railing.
  • Make sure all screws and connections are tight to make sure the crib can withstand movement from a bigger and more active child. This is especially important if you've moved the crib since it was assembled.
  • Remove any small objects your baby may be able to reach through the slats of the crib.
  • Keep the crib as empty as possible since your child can use stuffed animals and toys for a boost over the rail.
  • Ensure that nearby furniture is steady, not wobbly or tip-able.
  • Don't place the crib close to any curtains or blind cords that baby could pull because the cords are a choking hazard.
  • Take down any mobiles that she could reach and pull down.
I would add to the checklist that you should remove any bumpers since your child could use them to boost himself over the rail.

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