By Jill Tomlin
A good night's rest is something we all need, including your baby. Every time you lay your baby down in his crib, make sure his sleeping environment is not only a safe one, but is one that's comfortable and welcoming. Here's a list of crib and accessory essentials:
Mattresses vary from expensive inner-spring models to economical polyurethane-foam styles. An innerspring mattress gives good support, but may be heavy to lift. Foam mattresses, on the other hand, are lightweight and easier to handle.
The bumper pads
The bumper pads protect your baby from direct contact with hard crib slats.
Make your baby's crib world stimulating
Babies prefer simple shapes, bright colors, and objects with high contrast. Here are some crib-side stimulators that are sure to fascinate your baby:
For newborns: a cradle or a bassinet?
When you bring your baby home from the hospital, you may want to keep him in your room at night. Having your baby close by can ease any new parent nervousness. And the closer proximity makes it a little easier for breastfeeding moms. When the baby wakes up in the night, you can just bring him to bed with you. A cradle or bassinet is small enough to fit in your bedroom, and its smaller size may be more comforting to your baby than an expansive crib. When your baby can roll over, then it's definitely time for the crib.
Where to go for information
If you have questions about the safety of your baby's crib, any of the products you're getting to go with it, or any other items for baby, call the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at (800) 638-2772.
Did You Know...
You never should put a pillow in a baby's crib. A young infant's movements aren't developed enough to let him safely use a pillow. Even a fairly flat pillow can restrict a bay's breathing if it's too close to his face.
Topeka, Kansas native Jill Tomlin writes about health issues for Your Baby Today. Her work appears in national publications.
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