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Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz Dr. Hurvitz
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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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.

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Tracy Lovell Dr. Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
17 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Patterson Dr. Patterson
Pediatrics
28 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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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.

Dr. Scott J. Wolfson Dr. Wolfson
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Melissa Arca Dr. Arca
Pediatrics
years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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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.

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Dr. Michael Pappas Dr. Pappas
Pediatrics
19 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Scott Katz Dr. Katz
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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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.

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia Dr. Garcia
Pediatrics
52 years in practice
University of the City of Manila College of Medicine
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When is it ok to have put things in my babies crib?

When is it ok to have put things in my babies crib?

Crib: Any object that can possibly choke and/or suffocate a baby should not be placed in the crib.

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Dr. Carlo Hatem Dr. Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
21 years in practice
American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine
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What should I do if my baby will not sleep in a crib?

What should I do if my baby will not sleep in a crib?

Check crib: Make sure that crib is comfortable, that the room is not too cold or too warm, no scary things around. The next steps will take a few days but you need to do it. Put the baby in the crib. Leave the room. Let him/her cry a little bit. You can return to the room, try not to pick the baby up. No yelling, no screaming, no body punishment, just make it clear that the baby has to sleep in the crib.

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Dr. Melissa Arca Dr. Arca
Pediatrics
years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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When is it safe to take the bumper pads off of my crib?

When is it safe to take the bumper pads off of my crib?

Now: Bumper pads on cribs are not a necessity. In fact, they could pose a suffocation or entrapment risk to infants and toddlers. They may look cute because they match the room decor, but honestly, the risk of an infant suffocating or strangling is just not worth it. I would remove them now and urge other parents to not use them at all.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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At what age should I put my 2 month baby her room and crib?

At what age should I put my 2 month baby her room and crib?

Now is fine: To develop good sleep patterns. Feed/ nurse/rock till baby is drowsy, but put her in her own bed without a pacifier after you wipe out the last bit of feed with a soft cloth. That way, when baby is 5-6 months old, she will not develop cavities as her teeth erupt and when she night wakes briefly or cries out in light sleep, she will settle herself back down and not become a "trained night feeder.".

Dr. Rebecca Gliksman Dr. Gliksman
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Can an airconditioner make baby get a cough? Ours is not really too cold actually and its not direct on her crib

Can an airconditioner make baby get a cough? Ours is not really too cold actually and its not direct on her crib

Infant &air conditio: The filter should be changed on the air conditioner and for window units (the vent should be closed)there are prefilters that would reduce particles. May also consider a room air purifiers like SPT magic at home depot. F/u w/ doc https://www. Filtersfast. Com/P-3M-Filtrete-Window-Air-Conditioner-Filter-9808.asp

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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How to handle for 1the wk 23mo son fight to go sleep&waking @nite for 3 hrs. In crib still. I think he wants sleep w/ me. Prev did great. Health good.

How to handle for 1the wk 23mo son fight to go sleep&waking @nite for 3 hrs. In crib still. I think he wants sleep w/ me. Prev did great. Health good.

Sleeping with parent: Often a bad habit hard to break. Wait until your son is practicslly asleep, then put himi in his own bed. If he wakes up, go to him to make dure he's ok. Donot pick him up. Itwill take a few nights to break him of old habits.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Everytime I put my son in his crib for his nap and bedtime he screams. I don't know what to do. All I do is leave the room and he screams for abt 10 to 15mins long.

Everytime I put my son in his crib for his nap and bedtime he screams. I don't know what to do. All I do is leave the room and he screams for abt 10 to 15mins long.

What works for U?: About the time a kid begins to fear strangers they also become anxious if you are not in view. They lack the understanding that you are still in the house. It can continue until they are talking. A short term fix might be to take reading material in the room & sit for a while as kid settles. Leave after 10. Leave the door open so he can hear house noises. Tell/show him the door closes if he screams

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How to make your baby sleep in crib in his room?

How to make your baby sleep in crib in his room?

Start out that way: Though sometimes hard, delivery is the natural point to separate baby from mom in some wakeful & all sleep intervals. Parents can create a restful area for babies crib & enlist audible or visual monitors if worried. Babies are capable of learning to self settle in sleep almost immediately & will do so unless a parent insists on rocking or holding until asleep.

Dr. Martha Stark Dr. Stark
Psychiatry
43 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant.

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson Dr. Wolfson
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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When is it safe to put stuffed animals or dolls in the crib?

When is it safe to put stuffed animals or dolls in the crib?

Wait...: I don't generally recommend any objects in the crib except your baby. If you must I would at least wait until over one year in age, probably closer to two years. After one year the risk of sids is greatly diminished but I would recommend a longer period of time.

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
2,007 Doctors shared insights

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