It’s not uncommon for babies to fall out of their cribs. It can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some ways you can prevent that from happening
- Put a mattress on top of your current one so there is less distance between it and the edge of the crib (though this may not work if there isn’t enough room)
- If you want something within arm’s reach at night time, place it along the front railing instead. This way you’ll still be able to see your baby while they’re sleeping peacefully, but they will be safe
- You can also purchase mesh crib liners that prevent your baby from slipping through the bars. They are similar to pool safety nets, and you can leave them in even when your child is old enough not to fall out of their crib. They are generally affordable as well!
- Be sure that all railings are securely installed. If you can fit your hand in between the railings, they aren’t secure enough and should be taken down
- If possible, don’t use teething rails or bumpers, which can easily be pulled off for little fingers to get caught on
- Make sure that there is never more than 2 inches of clearance between the mattress and the top of the crib
- Be mindful of loose clothing; If your baby gets tangled in it, it can be a hazard as they attempt to climb out
- Don’t put pillows or other items on the edge of the crib, as these could make your baby slip down and over the side more easily
If you follow these tips, you should be able to rest easy knowing that your child will not accidentally fall from their crib!