Crib clutter warning

Sleeping BabyA newborn baby adds so many items to your home. If you are a first time parent, you often don’t know what you really need. That being said, you should never clutter your infant’s crib with toys, pillows, or multiple blankets.

According to a warning to parents by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, having too much clutter in the crib of a baby, whether it be with too many pillows, blankets, etc. can put babies at risk of harm, and even death.

The agency stated that between 2002 and 2004, there were 241 child deaths, with 40% of them involving cribs. In all of the deaths, the kids were under the age of 5.

The deaths from cribs revolved around pillows, blankets, etc. taking up too much space.

We received about 10 different blankets for my daughter when she was born. Needless to say, we really didn’t use many of them. We also didn’t pack her crib full of toys and pillows either. I’m thinking this stuff is commonly known, but you never know. Keep the child’s crib free of clutter and your little one will be that much safer.

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13 Comments for “Crib clutter warning”

  1. posted by whyioughtta on

    I’m 8.5 months pregnant and appreciate this tip very much. I’ve heard that a good solution, instead of blankets and quilts, is to have baby sleep in one of those bunting-bag thingies that are like a little shirt on top but a sleeping bag on the bottom. They function as a blanket but can’t bunch up around the baby’s face.

  2. posted by tod hilton on

    I didn’t use the blankets very much in the crib (and agree with your recommendation to keep it free of stuff), but they were undeniably useful for swaddling my daughter. She loved it and the swaddling helped her relax tremendously which meant less crying (a very good thing).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaddling

  3. posted by Hayden Tompkins on

    What would you suggest is most important in terms of stuff for your newborn? Also, what do you think is pretty useless that people still get?

  4. posted by Michele on

    My baby hated the crib so much, we ended up using the crib for blanket and stuffy toy storage. My daughter never slept in it. She slept with us.

  5. posted by M.R. on

    This is a serious question: How many slip covers does one need for a Boppy (horseshoe shaped pillow)? Most of my friends have registered for SEVERAL of these. As a non-parent, I don’t understand if this is truly necessary.

  6. posted by Michelle Wagner on

    @Hayden – each baby (and parent) is different, but the only thing you _really_ need is a carseat (if you drive), diapers & wipes, some clothes (but they grow so fast you shouldn’t buy many), and a place for the baby to sleep (that could be a crib, bassinet, co-sleeper, etc.) All the other items are personal preference. Example – I “needed” a double jogging stroller when I had my second kid and my friend “needed” a sit & stand stroller (which you can’t jog with). There are lots of registries try to convince that a bunch of junk is essential, but it’s not. The best adivce I can give is what my sister told me: “try something; if it works, swear by it. If it doesn’t, try something else.

  7. posted by Carrie on

    M.R. – I would say two. One on the pillow and one in the wash. I had just the one cover, and when it needed to be washed, I would have loved the extra one.

    Poop, spit up, pee, snot and coffee happen…(the pillow makes a great reading pillow when you are past the nursing stage, thus the coffee!)

  8. posted by Lady S on

    I want to point out that this article mentions children under 5.

    Some friends just lost their 3 year old to a toy/bed accident. I don’t know all the details, but I know it involved a bunk bed and a toy with a pull string.

    I hope parents (I am not one yet) remember that the danger does not stop when they become toddlers.

  9. posted by mummyhc on

    Regarding baby basics, I’d say…
    .GOOD: a baby tub with a foam bath bear (Walmart, BRU) to stop them from slipping around, a super-comfortable place to nurse (a wide, well-padded glider), nighttime lighting for your nursery, a well-equipped changing station.
    .ALMOST USELESS: wipes warmer (they burn the bottom layers of wipes and make your room smell funny), baby ear thermometers (get a flex tip digital from Walmart for $8 and take a rectal), Diaper Genies are a waste of money (refils), plus they’re ugly. Why keep the poop in the room? Use grocery bags in a small trash basket (coordinating with your nursery of course) and carry out daily….

  10. posted by Naomi on

    Not putting anything (ie toys, blankets and even bumpers) in the crib has been drummed into us here in Australia. Since the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)and Kids Safe Sleeping Campaign began in the early 1990’s it has saved the lives of over 4,000 Australian babies and reduced the rate of SIDS by 84%. Their website shows how to make up your baby’s crib and lots of other great safety information. http://www.sidsandkids.org/cot.htm

  11. posted by Bobby on

    I have a 15 month old (15 months today, actually) and she has never had anything in the crib with her. She slept swaddled and in a bassinet for the first 5 months and then swaddled in the crib for another 3 months and since then she has just been akimbo in the crib sans blanket. She sleeps in footie PJs and we put a small space heater in there to keep the room a desired temperature and keep her warm. It is best to keep things out of the way for little ones. It is safer and there are fewer distractions from actually sleeping. Our doctor said it best when he said that babies will live in routines parents set for them. So, whatever you choose, your baby will work within if that is the routine.

  12. posted by Kathleen on

    I never had anything in my kids’ cribs. Not even bumpers. My husband thinks it looks lonely. It does, but the boys can’t tell the difference. As for what you really need. I wish I listened to all my mom friends, and didn’t buy so much junk. I did love my baby bjorn, and a backpack carrier given to me as hand me down. Truth be told, the hand me downs tend to be what I used regularly.

  13. posted by Jenny on

    It’s not just a matter of having “too many things” in a crib; it’s a matter of not having anything in the crib besides the baby and the blanket, or better yet the sleeper bag mentioned above. I used to work for the local coroner, and we received two children who needn’t have died. One was an infant who scooted around during the night, and managed to get her face up against a bag of diapers. The other was an infant who fell asleep on daddy’s chest… then daddy fell asleep… and the child somehow ended up in a position that didn’t allow him to breathe. For a parent to hold a sleeping baby is fine, of course, but only if the parent is awake. Otherwise, babies should sleep on a flat surface, free of clutter of any kind.

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