Alphabetic Guide to Child Care - Beds


Infants should not be left on a full size bed to nap or they could become wedged between the mattress and the solid object and suffocate. Crib mattresses are designed to fit tightly against the frame avoiding the risk of suffocation. To further protect an infant from suffocation, he should not be given a pillow while napping or sleeping. An infant who rolls over and is unable to lift his head may suffocate in the pillow. To help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrone, most healthy babies should be put to sleep on their backs on a firm mattress or other firm surface, not on fluffy blankets or comforters. Soft toys or pillows should not be placed in the crib with very yound babies.

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