Baby Cot Safety
There are a lot of parents who prefer their infants sleeping in a baby cot or a baby crib. However, in some cases, there have been a number of reported fatal injuries that children below 12 months have acquired whilst in a cot. Suffocating and falling off their cots are some examples of these which are results of parental negligence or lack of supervision. On a brighter note, as long as safety precautions are taken in stride, a baby cot could serve as a sanctuary for your own bundle of joy.
Here are a few baby cot safety tips to help keep your baby safe from unwanted incidents.
The cot itself:
1. Choose a baby cot that abides by the ASHS or the Australian Standard for Household Cots. Look for a seal or sticker that states this. Don’t be afraid to ask the salesperson or manufacturer regarding this. Failure to do so would help you discern whether to buy it or not; although it is highly advisable not to purchase it at all. Don’t just go ahead and buy something just because it looks cute or appealing. Remember, safety is the key.
2. Check the sturdiness of the cot, starting from the mattress down to the panels. Not only will you be wasting your money on something that isn’t durable, but you are also risking the safety of your baby. It is also highly advisable to take a measuring tape with you once you do your canvassing as this will help you measure the length, width, and the sizes of the gaps of the cot.
3. It is easier to detect a sturdy and durable cot by making sure that the mattress is able to fit snuggly within 25 millimeters from the sides to the ends. The base of the mattress should be at least 500 millimeters higher than the mattress itself even if it is set to the lowest position. The bars or spaces on the sides of the cot should not be wider than 85 millimeters since wider sides can trap your baby’s head resulting to suffocation.
4. Follow the step by step user manual when setting up the cot.
In the nursery:
1. When the baby cot is placed beside the windows, make sure that there are not dangling strings from the curtains or blinds so as to prevent strangulation.
2. Make sure that the cot is way from power sockets and other appliances that may cause harm such as heaters and air conditioning systems.
3. Make sure that there are no heavy objects lying above the cot. This does not exclude crib mobiles. Although these have benefits to kids also, it is best to store these away after every usage.
4. When the baby is able to sit on its own, remember to lower the base of the mattress or raise the side bars to avoid him from falling.
5. Regularly check the knobs and bolts if they are tightly secured in place.
6. Avoid putting small-sized toys as these may cause choking.