Sleep and Your Baby: 10 Common Questions Answered
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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.”
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