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Crib Bedding Is Dangerous

Mommy Alert! Bedding Is a Crib Danger


Have you seen Brooke Burke's scary-looking posh cribs? Although they were just for "show," it makes me nervous to think that people over decorate their cribs when less is more.

Most nursery bedding sets are sold with sheets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, and matching bedskirts. In reality, the only thing that baby needs is a good fitted sheet – one that fits perfectly around the mattress. Many doctors, including mine, recommend removing the bumper once the baby starts to turn over, if not sooner. The rest of the decorative items have no place in the crib – pillows, blankets, and other toys should be left out.

Just yesterday, MSNBC reported:

From 2002 to 2004, 241 children under age 5 died in incidents involving nursery products. About 40 percent of the deaths involved cribs, with soft bedding cited as the leading contributing factor. Many of the children suffocated when lying face down on pillows or other bedding, the agency (Consumer Product Safety Commission) said.

So even though it looks adorable, save it a few years until your wee one can handle it. All the decor in the world isn't worth the worry.
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