It may look cute and innocent to have your baby’s crib all dolled up, but you need to be careful because there are certain items that could be extremely dangerous for your infant to sleep with. There are many items that could cause Sudden Infant Death syndrome and other sleep-related deaths, so how do you ensure the safety of your little one?
Frilly crib bumpers, pillows and sweet stuffed animals look whimsical but could be life threatening to your infant, according to a recent study by the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A huge factor of the study’s findings was the child’s age. The study found that 74 percent of infants ages newborn to three months who died were sharing a bed with another person or animal, and 39 percent of infants ages four months to one year were surrounded by blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or other bedding objects.
The study was based on 8,207 infant fatalities from 24 states and the infants were non-Hispanic whites and 58 percent were male.
Sources note that this study doesn’t really specify a cause-and-effect but the study tried to find a correlation between the children’s ages and sleep environments. Either way, it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that infants should only sleep in cribs that meet safety standards, with a flat mattress and a fitted sheet.
Do not let babies sleep on couches or adult beds and keep loose toys, pillows and blankets away from them. They should also only be dressed in appropriate and safe sleep clothing. So when you're getting ready to decorate your bundle of joy's nursery, you can have fun making it as whimsical or Pinterest-inspired as you'd like, just make sure to keep their crib simple.