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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. ...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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Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby. Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys. Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?

My son is 7 months old is it ok for him to have a stuffed animal with no tags or anything in his crib at night to snuggle?

Wait: When he can stand up in his crib he will be beyond the age when these soft cuddly things can cause suffocation. We lose about 100 infants a year to soft bedding,plush toys, etc. I hope we can help you avoid the risk. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 2 1/2 month old daughter to sleep on her stomach if there is nothing in the crib in front of her face?

Is it safe for my 2 1/2 month old daughter to sleep on her stomach if there is nothing in the crib in front of her face?

No: Prone sleeping was the norm starting around the 1920's based on untested theories on safety.By the 1990's data had surfaced that pointed to it as a consistent factor in crib death (SIDS).Since the BACK TO SLEEP campaign in the 90's we have seen a 40% drop in SIDS cases.If you prone sleep your baby you are placing her at that risk. ...Read more

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When is it safe to put my baby in a bike seat or a bike trailer?

When is it safe to put my baby in a bike seat or a bike trailer?

Depends: Once baby has reliable strong head control, usually by 6 months, either should be safe. Children in bike seats should wear a helmet. Look for a five-point restraint system and less-traveled roads with bike paths. ...Read more

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