Some baby devices added on the the baby’s crib or bed may actually cause more harm than good. But you can prevent this from happening according to Parents magazine, which has provided simple solutions to potential dangers to the little ones.
- The risk: While these pads can keep your baby from bumping her head, they may be risky. “Once a baby is able to roll, she can press her face against a bumper and suffocate,” says Laura Reno, spokesperson for First Candle, a national SIDS nonprofit organization.
- Safe strategy: Bumpers may make a crib look pretty, but it’s really best to avoid them. If you do decide to use them, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises choosing ones that are thin, firm and well-secured. Be sure to remove them once your child can roll or, at the latest, when he can stand up in his crib.
- The risk: They prevent young children from falling out of bed, but portable bed rails have caused the deaths of 18 children since 1990, according to the CPSC.
- Safe strategy: Wait until your child is at least 2 and able to climb in and out of bed before using these. Use them only on full-size twin beds with a mattress and box spring, not on toddler beds or bunk beds.
- The risk: These foam cushions are marketed as a safe way to keep a baby on his back and reduce the risk of SIDS, but they could accidentally cause him to suffocate.
- Safe strategy: The AAP and Consumer Reports urge parents to avoid positioners. “There’s no good reason to have one,” says Parents adviser Jennifer Shu, M.D. Once your baby is old enough and strong enough to roll over, he’s already at a lower risk of SIDS.