Why baby cribs are so cute, experts say
Posted On July 18, 2021
“They were so cute,” said Dr. Karen Mertz, a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“I can’t tell you how many times I have come across baby crib sheets that are just this cute.
And I know they’re made out of fabric and stuff.”
The crib sheets are usually made of vinyl, or polyester, which makes them a little more difficult to remove from a crib.
The sheets also tend to be a little bigger than typical cribs, which make it easier to remove them when the sheets are removed.
Merts said that when she worked as a medical aide at a Philadelphia hospital, she saw parents remove the crib sheets after just one use because they felt like a new piece of furniture.
Marts also recommends that parents keep the cribs in a well-ventilated area.
MARTINS: You should not throw your baby crib away after just a few days.
“We really want the baby to be able to get used to the crib and the crib is really important to that, so we’re trying to get the baby comfortable in the crib before he leaves the hospital,” Mertzes said.
MARTINS added that some crib sheets will even protect against the heat from a fire, and that she has seen baby crib liners that are made of polyester.
MERTZ: They are very lightweight, so it’s really important for a baby to not be thrown away.
If a baby’s not comfortable with the crib sheet, it’s important that the mom is able to pull the crib out.
MASTERS: A little baby is just too small for the crib to get too hot, so if you want to be sure that he is comfortable in a crib that’s cold and has a little bit of air in it, put the crib over a heating pad or something to help cool him down.
Babies should also be able the have a place to nap.
MOST OF ALL, MARTERS said that a baby should not be able, even though he’s not as big as his crib, to sit on the crib.
As long as a baby can stand up, he should not fall over and be too hard to get out of bed.
MORTES: A lot of times, a baby will be able stand up and get out and sit on his own and sit down, and the mom will be sitting on a chair and will be a good nurse, too, so the mom’s going to be the one holding the baby up.
MOSS: Mertzinski is not the only pediatrician who is concerned about cribs and other cribs.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that crib sheets can be a source of respiratory infections.
The CDC said that while most cribs have ventilators that allow them to breath, it can be difficult for infants to breathe on their own.
A recent CDC study found that babies who have crib sheets in their rooms may get respiratory infections, including those who have respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis or bronchiolitis obliterans.
This article was written by Katie M. Smith, RN, RN and Rebecca J. M. Davis, MD.
Contributing editor, ABC News Health.
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