Safe Sleep: Keep Your Baby’s Crib Free of Toys

Filling your baby’s crib with stuffed animals and soft blankets may make your baby’s crib look cute, but it’s not so safe for baby.

You should never let your baby sleep with any soft objects. This includes blankets, quilts, crib bumpers, and soft plush toys like stuffed animals. These soft toys and bedding can cover your baby’s face cause suffocation and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).   It is always best to keep your baby’s crib free of stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows.

Once your baby reaches one year old, his or her risk of SIDS goes down. Most one-year-olds are able to roll over, sit up, and move objects away from their face. It is still safest to keep your baby’s crib empty, and is recommended that you don’t give your baby a pillow until your baby transitions from the crib to a toddler bed.

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