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- Sleepy Time
- How do I know how much sleep my child needs at different ages?
- When should my baby sleep through the night without a feeding?
- When can my baby sleep without a hat or without being swaddled?
- I know babies are supposed to sleep on their backs, but mine keeps turning over on his tummy. What should I do?
- How do I know when to take the bumper pad and mobile off a crib?
- When can my child sleep with a blanket?
- When can my child sleep with a stuffed animal or doll?
- How do I know when my child is ready to go to sleep without a bedtime bottle or nursing?
- Is there a certain age when my child will stop needing a nap?
- When is it safe to turn off the baby monitor?
How do I know when to take the bumper pad and mobile off a crib?
Bumper pads are used during infancy as a cushion against the hard surfaces of a crib, but they can also be a safety hazard. "Parents should be sure that the pad is secured to the crib with at least six straps and that the straps are tied tightly. When a baby learns to pull to a standing position, pads and any other objects that can be used as a step to climb out should be removed," says Dr. Sadler.
She adds that a mobile should be securely attached to the side of the crib and hung high enough so that it remains out of a baby's reach. "It should be taken down when a child is 5 months old or learns to sit."