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Doctor insights on: Lower Crib Mattress Signs

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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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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.

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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.

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8 month old baby fell out of crib to the floor (wood). Don't know how he hit the floor. He is now sleeping. Do you let him sleep or keep him up. See no signs of redness anyplace.

8 month old baby fell out of crib to the floor (wood). Don't know how he hit the floor. He is now sleeping. Do you let him sleep or keep him up. See no signs of redness anyplace.

Not : Not enough information to make a reasonable recommendation other than to contact your pediatricians office for assistance. If he was my child i would want him checked out for injuries to either his head or other body parts that might not be obvious to you. That was a large fall for a child that age.

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Is it ok to buy a used crib?

Is it ok to buy a used crib?

Not recommended: Many older cribs are no longer deemed safe under new safety rules, so it is safer to buy a new crib that meets current safety standards.

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Why are drop-side cribs unsafe?

Why are drop-side cribs unsafe?

Injuries: There have been reports of babies' heads being caught in the rails as they come down.

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What ageshould i switch my baby to a crib ?

What ageshould i switch my baby to a crib ?

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.

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Why does my baby resist her crib during naptime?

Why does my baby resist her crib during naptime?

Crib and Nap: You are probably responding to her cries too quickly. It is a learned response for the baby. She cries and you run in. The more she cries, the more you run in. I say, put her down and let her cry for a while. Let her see that she does not always get what she wants with the crying. Otherwise she is simply training you instead of the other way around.

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What are the characteristics of a good baby crib?

What are the characteristics of a good baby crib?

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!

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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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When do I need to take down the mobile hanging over my child's crib?

When do I need to take down the mobile hanging over my child's crib?

Mobile movement: A good time to take a mobile down is when you transfer your child to a regular sized bed from a crib. That way he won't be reaching for it and possibly fall out of bed and injure himself.

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My baby is 11 weeks I put her in her crib on her side but she ends up on her back. I always put her back on her side. Is it ok to leave her on her back?

My baby is 11 weeks I put her in her crib on her side but she ends up on her back. I  always put her back on her side. Is it ok to leave her on her back?

Yes: In studies since the "back to sleep" campaign in the early 90's we find it just as dangerous to place a child on its side as it is to leave them prone.In the us, the crib death rate has dropped 40+% since we moved to back sleeping. It becomes a bit futile to control their position after they roll over, but starting them on their back is best.

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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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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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Are crib toys safe?

Are crib toys safe?

Depends: It depends upon the toy.Please be more specific.

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Could I have a tongue crib without a lisp ?

Could I have a tongue crib without a lisp ?

Certainly. Your : dentist may have placed it to correct tongue-thrusting that has caused an anterior open bite, overbite or cross-bite. Some people lisp, some have a sibilant S sound; others simply have abnormal forces on swallowing that push the teeth out of alignment. See before & after photos above.

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Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Is it okay for my newborn to sleep in a crib?

Crib is ok: A crib is fine. It must meet safety standards so be careful of used cribs avoiding any built in the 1970's or earlier. Those have crib spindles/slats that are too widely spaced and may have lead paint. Also check for any mfg recalls. No bumpers, pillows, toys should be in the crib. A blanket snuggly swaddled around baby is fine but no other blankets. Check at www.Aap.Org for all crib safety tips.

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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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