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Do Cribs Need Rails
My son is almost 7 months old and has started head butting the rails in his crib. Is it safe to put bumpers on the crib?
Normal/no: head butting is a normal transitional behavior in some infants.It is usually a self soothing activity like thumb sucking.They do not injure their head doing this.A 7mo can suffocate if the fall asleep next to a soft toy or bumper, so don't be tempted or tragedy may be the outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does the "let them cry" method work? On a 4mo old? We r going from swing to crib. Need good tips. Slow transition? Soothe? Let cry?
They train you: If they're crying, it means that they want something from you. If you give it to them, then they learn that crying = getting something. If you don't give it to them, then they learn the opposite. This is not to say that you withhold diaper changes and feeding. However, learning to self-sooth is an important step in a kiddo's development. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
11 mnths baby refuses to sleep in her crib after a 1 week vacation we did.She got used to sleeping between us! im pregnant i need my bed!wt shall i do?
Very common problem: Because many babies sleep in the hotel room right next to the parents, they get used to that after a couple of days, and don't want to sleep alone when back at home. The solution is easy. Just put the baby in the crib at bedtime, and walk away. Be sure the baby cannot escape from the crib. Be sure the baby cannot see the adults, or he will keep screaming. After a few days, he will be normal again. ...Read more
Around 2-3 months: By the time the baby is 2-3 months old, baby is able to move around enough that a bassinette usually is not the place for them to stay - as they move they may hit the sides. If the baby is in bed with you, please get her in a crib immediately - co-sleeping is one of the leading causes of infant death in this country when parents roll over on the infant and suffocate them accidentally. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Empty and Bare: Baby's crib should be empty and bare, except for baby. Your infant does not need, and should not have a pillow, toys, crib bumpers or sleep positioners. These items can endanger your infant. Crib slats should be no more than 1 3/4" apart. Avoid cribs with drop sides. Basically, bare and boring is best! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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