Preparing Your Baby’s Crib
Babies require a lot of time and attention: their very presence in our lives will bring about a huge change in lifestyle.
Before your precious newborn arrives, you’ll need to prepare a crib for them ahead of time. You could get the advice of expert mothers and ask them for tips, or you could consult the internet for various product reviews and comparisons. But Dettol Professionals wanted to highlight key aspects you should not overlook when purchasing a baby bed:
- Do not purchase a crib that’s manufactured before 2012. Safety standards changed in 2011 and all beds before 2012 are no longer deemed safe for your child.
- Rail openings should range between 5 and 7 cm, roughly the size of a soda can. These are ideal for keeping your baby from sliding through.
- The rails should not be higher than 1.5 mm at the corners to avoid ruining clothes, or any injuries to either you or your child.
- Ensure that there are no sharp or pointy splinters anywhere on the bed prior to purchasing it.
- Ensure that the sides of the crib are securely fastened in place.
- The mattress should fit the crib so that the space between its edge and the frame is around 2 cm, enough to allow two fingers through not more.
- Ensure that it is firm by testing it manually. Press it gently – it should not leave any marks.
- At newborn age, fix the base of the crib at the highest level, and as they grow older set it to its lowest so that it’s difficult for them to exit it while you’re not looking.
There are several precautionary measures and hygiene standards you need to abide by to prevent them from falling or suffering an injury, and from contacting any diseases.
- While your newborn is younger than 4 months old, make sure they don’t have any portable or hanging objects in their reach, and that all objects are secured in place so they don’t fall into bed.
- As of 4 months, or once they are able to stand, you’ll need to remove all objects from the crib.
- The crib should never be placed near a window with curtain strings or ribbons.
- If the crib is placed by a window, make sure that your little one can’t reach it.
- Avoid placing any toys, blankets, supporting pillows, or bumpers next to your sleeping child. You can keep them warm by covering them up while they sleep but without covering their face.
- Do not use any devices intended to fix sleeping postures as these too could cause suffocation.
- Dress your baby with one layer more than what an adult needs to feel comfortable.
- Avoid placing your child under direct bright light otherwise, they’ll spend most of their time looking at it.
- For your baby to feel safe, their crib needs to be secure and their mattress flat.
- No matter what age they are, ensure that everything within your child’s reach and everything surrounding them is clean.
- A baby’s crib is a place where they’ll play, learn, sleep and discover, therefore it’s important to regularly disinfect it. Use Dettol Antiseptic liquid** to disinfect the whole crib and any surface within the baby’s reach. This way your baby will be able to interact with its surroundings in a safe and protected environment.
Please contact your healthcare provider for any other questions on preparing for your baby.
*For external use only.
Avoid contact with eyes.
Rinse surfaces with water after cleaning with ASL.
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