Crib sheets? Dangerous? Absolutely!
Crib sheets should never be chosen just because of their beauty. They should also be chosen because of their safety and practicality. This is where baby will spend a big part of his or her young life. The sheets will see all kinds of drama from pee, puke, sweat and other unknown deposits and be used 24/7. So, how safe are your babys crib sheets? If the baby can pull them out easily and play with them then they are very hazardous because of the risk of the baby becoming entangled or even suffocated. This can be kept at bay by using the following precautions;
1. Is It A Tight Fit?
Crib sheets should fit snugly on the bed. If they easily come off then baby may also be able to remove and become tangled, so get rid of them.
2. Does Baby Play In The Crib?
Yes, of course! Crib bedding such as a train or ladybug crib bedding set is often designed to stimulate a babys imagination and playfulness. However, parents should check the sheets after each playing session, ensure they are still a snug fit, and remedy any potential hazard immediately.
3. Check After Washing?
Crib sheets should be checked after each wash. If the sheet has shrunk too much, or the elastic or any other straps have stretched, broken or come untied then it is time for a new set of sheets.
4. Are The Mattress And Sheets The Correct Size?
Mattresses that have leave gaps to the edges of the crib are an absolute no no. This is because the babys tiny head or feet could easily get stuck in between. The sheets should also fit completely over the mattress with no overlaps on their surface. Make sure you use fitted sheets with a stretchy band around the entire perimeter. The sheet should be big enough so that you have at least 2 inches of material under the mattress on all four sides and corners. This also means a top sheet should never be used as a bottom sheet.
5. Are There Other Options Available?
- Made-for-baby Sheets
Some manufacturers have improved on traditional crib sheets such as Priva and their Baby Luxe range. These sheets are feature their Safety Stay-On corners that cannot come loose . Similarly, the Hallo Secure Fit Crib sheet use deep pockets and velcro to keep the sheet from moving.
Other sheet providers have sheets that work like a pillow case, some with a fastener to keep the mattress inside. The drawback with these is the mattress needs to be lifted to change the sheet. A variation to this is the two piece sheet set by QuickZip, which allows the top to be unzipped and changed when necessary.
- Baby Sleeping Bags and Sleeping Suits
A final option is to dispense with the top sheet and blankets and use a baby sleeping bag or sleeping suit. With no top sheet, there is no danger baby will become entangled or slide down under the sheet while sleeping. The other advantage is they are not able to be kicked off during sleep!
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