The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to take all soft objects and bedding out of the crib, which includes “pillows, blankets, quilts, bumper pads, sleep positioners, sheepskins, [and] stuffed toys.” Such items can pose serious safety risks. As pediatrician Dr. Jeffrey Colvin said in an interview with NPR, “There's an assumption by everybody that if it's being sold in a children's store, that it must be safe.” So if you see soft, fluffy bedding for sale that is allegedly meant for babies, please don’t be fooled into assuming it’s safe.
Also, be sure that your baby’s crib mattress is firm. Because babies are still growing, their bodies need much more support than adults do. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that a baby mattress be firm and flat. Naturepedic’s certified organic crib mattresses meet all pediatric guidelines for proper firmness, and our organic crib sheets are a safe and comfortable choice.
Because your baby will become curious about the world outside their crib and start reaching for everything in sight, keep the crib away from windows, table-tops and dressers. Mobiles should be removed after about 5 months, at which point your baby will likely be able to reach up for it and pull it down.
In their early years of life, babies will spend 10-16 hours a day sleeping. So, choosing the right crib mattress for your little one is a big part of creating a safer, healthier sleep environment for your child.
Unfortunately, not all crib mattresses are created equally. Many conventional crib mattresses are made with questionable chemicals and materials. This makes choosing a certified organic, nontoxic crib mattress all the more important. And, while breathable crib mattress options can certainly add another level of safety to a crib mattress, it’s important that the breathability is done right.
Naturepedic’s Breathe Safe™ crib mattresses are the only truly breathable, waterproof crib mattresses that are also certified organic. Made with certified organic cotton fill and fabric, Naturepedic’s Breathe SafeTM mattresses are waterproofed with a food-grade nontoxic material and are encased in a removable layer that’s breathable and machine washable, so messes can be cleaned up in a snap. Its advanced 360-degree airflow system allows your baby to breathe right through the surface, while also helping dissipate heat and moisture for less sweaty backs and a much better sleep.
Naturepedic cares about making sure your child is protected and providing you with the tools of sleep safety to ensure that they can sleep healthily, happily, and free from harm’s way. By taking these steps, you can rest assured that you have made your baby’s crib a much safer place. Learn more about our range of breathable, organic crib mattresses so your little one can Breathe Safe™ here.
Finally, this Child Safety and Protection Month, we encourage you to read up on other action items you can complete to eliminate threats in your child’s environment, such as the ones provided here.