Make Sure Your Baby Has a Safe, Comfy Sleep, By Following These Crib Mattress Safety Guidelines. Your Crib Is Only As Safe As The Mattress You Put In It...
Mattress safety is an important aspect of baby protection in the baby nursery room. The crib is the one place that you will leave your young baby completely unattended. It's important that it be 150 percent safe.
An ill-fitting, or soft baby crib mattress is one of the things that can compromise the well-being of your baby in her crib.
Her head can become entrapped between the side of the crib and the mattress resulting in suffocation.
You can prevent this by observing the following infant safety guidelines...
Crib Mattress Safety Guidelines
The baby crib mattress should be firm with squared corners. Soft mattresses pose a suffocation hazard, and gaps between the corners of the mattress and the crib can cause your baby to become entrapped.
The crib mattress should fit snugly (less than two finger-widths between the mattress and crib sides.)
The baby crib mattress should measure at least 27 1/4 inches by 51 5/8 inches. The depth should be no more than 6 inches. Babies can suffocate if they become wedged between the crib mattress and the sides of the crib.
Remove all plastic covering. Never use plastic covering as a crib mattress protection. This poses a suffocation risk.
Send in your product registration card so that you will be notified if your baby crib mattress is recalled.
Synthetic baby crib mattresses are not only made from low-quality materials such as PVC, polyester and foam but are typically coated with flame-retardant chemicals (PBDEs) that can compromise infant safety and health.
Remember that crib mattress safety is only one small aspect of keeping your baby safe in the baby nursery. The best way to make sure you have everything covered is to use a nursery safety checklist when you are setting up your baby nursery.
I urge you to take baby nursery and crib safety seriously and give your delicate, little newborn the environment she deserves so that she can sleep safely.
There are far more baby nursery safety issues than those covered above.
The best way to make sure you have everything covered is to use a nursery safety checklist when you are setting up your nursery.