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How do you tell when to change the height of crib mattresses?

How do you tell when to change the height of crib mattresses?

Mobility: Once your child begins to get on his/her knees, or pulls to stand, the crib mattress should be lowered all the way to prevent climbing and falling. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Crib Safety (Definition)

CHILD SAFETY TIPS: The space between crib bars should be no more than 2.5 inches. The distance from the mattress to the top of the rail should be over 2 feet. DO NOT put extra blankets and stuffed animals in a crib with a baby. DO NOT place a baby on the stomach to sleep. Always keep one hand on an infant who is lying on a changing table. Place gates at the top and bottom of each stairway. ...Read more


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Is it safe to put a waterproof cover on a baby's crib mattress?

Is it safe to put a waterproof cover on a baby's crib mattress?

Yes , & practical: Matress covers are a good investment when it comes to the average kid who pukes/leaks or otherwise decorates your life. ...Read more

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I've a 3 month old w/ really bad allergies/ congestion. I'm using humidifier, Vicks baby rub, elevated crib mattress what else can I do?

I've a 3 month old w/ really bad allergies/ congestion. I'm using humidifier, Vicks baby rub, elevated crib mattress what else can I do?

See your doctor: It would be unusual for a 3 month old to have allergies leading to nasal congestion. At that age, their nose is small, so it does not take much to plug it up. If they have had the congestion going on for more than a few days, is associated with fever (a temperature over 100.4f) or fussiness or poor eating, then needs to be seen soon. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to stop resisting his crib?

How can I get my baby to stop resisting his crib?

Put him in it: Repetition and routine are the most important factors to getting your baby in the crib. Put him in whenever he sleeps whenever you can. Put him in for naps and nighttime. Put him in when he seems sleepy, rubbing his eyes. Stay next to him in the crib and give him support without taking him out. Talk to him and soothe him with your touch while in the crib, then extend the times you leave him alone. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use crib bumpers?

Is it safe to use crib bumpers?

No: Crib bumpers have been shown to be a major suffocation and strangulation risk for infants. Although sold as part of elaborate crib bedding ensembles, crib bumpers are not needed, and in fact, they are hazardous to your baby's sleep health. When preparing your baby's crib, keep this in mind: bare, boring, and no crib bumpers. Use only a tight fitting mattress and crib sheet in your baby's crib. ...Read more

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How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

How do I get my baby to sleep in a crib?

Routine: Most of us have a routine that prepares us for sleep. You can do the same for your baby, by clearly letting him/her know that bedtime is near. Try to always perform the same routine before bedtime, e.g. Bath, rocking, singing, etc so your little one always is ready for bed. Eventually your baby will get the message. Even if they cry, gently reassure and leave the room. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to sleep in her crib?

How can I get my baby to sleep in her crib?

Be Firm/Consistent: This is always easier advice to give than take, but it will work, and all books on the topic use some permutation of this advice. Put your baby in the crib when they are drowsy but still awake so they associate the crib with falling asleep. They will cry, but will learn to sleep in the crib in 7-10 days. Don't let them train you to rock them to sleep, bring to your bed, etc. They will be fine. ...Read more

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Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Yes: Cribs are very safe for infants, and cribs make life less stressful for babies and their parents. In a crib, a baby can fall asleep, wake up, make noises, play with toys, look around the room, and fall asleep again . . . All without the intervention of a parent. If a crib and its contents are properly set up, an infant cannot climb out of the crib. Therefore, the infant can't get into trouble. ...Read more

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How do we get our baby to sleep in his own crib?

How do we get our baby to sleep in his own crib?

Patience: As long as you pander to him he will keep it up indefinitely. You have to leave him in the crib until lhe gets the message. It requires patience, love and understanding.Read a book on child care. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Safety (Definition)

Safety is a topic that includes recommendations for making the home and outdoor environments safe, especially for kids. This topic includes ideas on childproofing cabinets, keeping dangerous items locked up, ensuring balconies and stairs are safe, covering wiring and outlets, fencing off pools, staying away from cars, watching ...Read more