While you may want every inch of your nursery to look cozy, cute and picture-perfect for Instagram, it’s important that none of the accessories or decorations put your baby’s safety at risk. This is particularly true when it comes to the crib. So read on to see what is safe (and not safe) to add to your baby’s crib.
The fact is, less is more when it comes to the crib. The experts recommend nothing more than crib sheets and a pacifier (and your little one, of course). Toys, pillows and blankets can all be hazards, even if they claim to help prevent SIDS.
Which is why we offer premium crib sheets in a ton of cute and trendy patterns. Because simple can still be stylish.
However, you can add a few safe things outside and around the crib to help make baby’s sleep, and your life, easier.
Keep an eye on your tiny tot while they sleep with a crib cam. Just make sure to go cordless. If you want all the bells and whistles, look for a camera that syncs with your smartphone, has night vision, zoom capabilities, environmental alerts and the ability to speak to your baby through the camera.
Crib Skirts and Rail Covers
Crib skirts and rail covers are acceptable decorative accessories because they aren’t actually in the crib with baby. Rail covers are also helpful when your nugget starts teething, to keep them from gnawing the wood of the crib.
Side note: you may be thinking crib bumpers are along the same lines as skirts and rail covers, but bumpers are ruled unsafe. If your little one rolls over close to the sides of the crib, bumpers could impede their airways.
Mobiles are great for stimulating and entertaining squishy newborn babies. And not to mention, they add a certain cuteness to the nursery. However, you need to keep a few things in mind to make sure your mobile is safe.
Strings should be 7 inches or shorter, and the mobile should have 16 inches above the crib mattress. That keeps it out of your nugget’s reach, but it’s close enough for them to see. Make sure the mobile has zero detachable pieces and check the hardware often for loose parts. Once baby is 5 months old and begins to push up on their own, it’s time to move that mobile away from the crib.
And that’s about it. So just keep it simple, and keep baby safe.