Crib Safety: Bare is Best (Updated 7/18)
What Goes in the Crib? Read what the Pediatric Society Says…
Crib Safety is likely the #1 question on your mind as you near your due date. There is a lot of controversy about crib safety, what goes in the crib, what is safe, and what is not. So, here’s the answer to the question “what goes in the crib”?… Nothing but your baby!
Newborns should never be covered with a blanket or comforter. That also means no toys, stuffed animals, pillows, or anything! The Pediatric Society of America recommends “bare is best”. The faux fur receiving blankets made by Liz and Roo are for wrapping baby while rocking, cuddling, or holding your baby, for “tummy time”, car seat or stroller use. The key is to use the blanket outside the crib. You can also lay the blanket on the floor and place your baby on the blanket for play time. They’ll love the feel of the plush faux fur! For crib safety, babies only need a fitted crib sheet in the crib. You won’t find a top sheet for a crib and the use of any sheet or blanket in the crib is potentially dangerous. Fitted sheets should fit the mattress tightly. At Liz and Roo, we use a strong, one inch elastic band all the way around the crib sheet to ensure it hugs the mattress tightly and safely. In addition, our sheets are extra deep so they wrap around and under the mattress. You don’t want to fight the sheets when remaking in the middle of the night, and you really don’t want the corners curling up and coming loose (that’s not safe for baby). That’s why the extra deep pockets are important for a safe fit. We’ve got lots of pretty designs in our deluxe signature all cotton crib sheets and our linen crib sheets.
We’ve got lots of pretty designs in our deluxe signature all cotton crib sheets and our linen crib sheets.
Inexpensive crib sheets have tiny elastic bands that lose their elasticity with washing and eventually begin to creep off the ends of the mattress. If you are concerned about crib safety, it’s worth it to spend a few dollars more on your crib sheet to ensure your baby’s safety and your peace of mind.
Is There an Alternative to Bumpers?
There is! The Pediatric Society also recommends you not put a bumper in the bed with your infant. That dramatic change has swept the country, with many retail stores dropping bumpers altogether. So, how do you get around the thought, “I want my nursery to look pretty”?! The crib safety solution is a Crib Rail Cover. It serves a dual purpose. First, it protects against teething marks and your baby potentially ingesting tiny wood slivers. (If you’ve got a convertible crib, you want to preserve it, because that rail becomes the footboard of your future bed!) Second, it is a beautiful finishing touch to the crib bedding and “look”. Take a look at Liz and Roo’s rail covers, also known as crib teething covers, in solids and patterns. You can monogram the rail covers with baby’s name or initials to personalize the nursery.
Crib Safety with Crib Rail Covers
Crib Rail Covers have ribbons or ties that secure through button holes. They fit securely over the rail of the crib. The gold polka dots crib rail cover shows how the ties secure through the button holes. Tie in a knot for security, and leave the ribbons hanging, or you can finish with a bow as shown. At Liz and Roo, we sell the blanket, the crib sheet, the skirt and the rail cover as separates so you can mix and match. We also sell a 3 pc and a 4 pc set. It’s made in the USA, ensuring quality workmanship. Take a look at our baby girl bedding selections, baby boy bedding selections, or gender neutral baby bedding. You’ll find made in USA quality baby bedding featuring the highest quality standards with your baby’s safety in mind!