Buying Guide for Cribs

This is a huge concern of mine since my child fell through the bottom structure and was pinned at his throat in a hotel rental crib. He was not injured just scared as were we! Double check, double check and then check again.

This article is from http://www.babycenter.com

The lowdown on cribs

Babies probably spend more time in their crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. And since most children sleep in a crib until it’s time to move into a real bed – typically between the ages of 2 and 3 – you’ll also want a sturdy one.

Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. It’s nice to get this task taken care of, but if your baby arrives before your crib does, don’t worry. Babies will do fine in a bassinet for the first several weeks or even months.

When it comes time to set up the crib, be sure to choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. To keep cords out of your child’s reach, use a clamp or clothespin, tie the cord to itself, or cut the loop in half to make two separate cords.

The cord on a baby monitor can also pose a danger. Between 2004 and 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received seven reports of babies strangled by monitor cords near their crib. Use wireless monitors or keep the cord well away from the crib.

  • Find out more about crib safety in “what to look for when buying” and “important safety notes,” below.
  • Get safe sleeping tips about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby’srisk of SIDS.

What to look for when buying

Safety standards: When you buy a crib, look for the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association certification. This ensures that the product was tested for quality and safety. Also check BabyCenter’s Product Recall Finder to see whether your crib – or the one you’re planning to buy – has been recalled.

Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart: Your crib should have slats that are close enough together to prevent your baby’s head from slipping through or getting stuck. The distance between the crib slats must be no more than 2 3/8 inches (about the size of a soda can).

Safe corner posts: If the crib has corner posts, they should be no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they’re over 16 inches high to support a canopy). If corner posts are higher than 1/16 of an inch, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant.

Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you change the height of thecrib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, you don’t want them to climb or fall out of the crib.

Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. But wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.

Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress – at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/4 inches wide. If you can fit more than two fingers between the side of the mattress and the crib, the mattress is too small. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that space. Make sure that with a mattress in place, the crib sides are tall enough to keep your baby safely inside.

Versatility: Many cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, a children’s bench, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. While this sounds appealing, make sure that the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform and that you like the look of the new furniture.

High Risk Pregnancy

I just started teaching Pre-natal Yoga at a rehab center. I have known the director for a couple of years, even filled in to teach the regular yoga class to these ladies, so I felt like I knew what I was in for when I offered to teach Pre-natal Yoga at this facility. Let me also say that I have been teaching and training Pre-natal Yoga for several years so this is not my first rodeo.

I have been volunteering 2xs a week at an odd time during the day to teach these pregnant ladies relaxation skills, breath techniques and asana to improve or relieve pregnancy. When I found out that everybody in the program will be giving birth in the next 6 months, I felt a sense of urgency to start the practice ASAP and 2 days a week, the girls were on board  with this same sense of urgency.

One more thing… I am super cautious when I teach or train in Pre-natal Yoga. Life is short and very precious. Enough said!

I went to the facility Thursday to teach, signed in, went to the room where we have the class – alls good – until the director sticks her head in the door and says…” blah blah blah and these ladies are all high risk pregnancy” . What was I thinking? It’s rehab! Rehab from tic tacs? It never crossed my mind that these babies were in such a high risk situation, these ladies seem like most of the other ladies that I have taught Pre-natal Yoga to in the studio. It should not have shifted my teaching but it did – the shift was in what or rather how I teach to these ladies, more cautious. It saddened me to  think that this high risk could have been avoided. I can go two ways with this – 1. thank God that these ladies have taken the right step and are seeking treatment and continue to help and support  2. turn away and never look back.

Helping is what I choose for now and what they do in the future I can not control, I only have this moment to provide what little I have to offer these ladies. Yes, it still saddens me but sometimes we need to be the change.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandi

Food and Beverages BEWARE

 

I found this article on foods and beverages to avoid and thought, really? I tried to list all the foods that are on the “avoid” list in my head and found that I could not recall all of them. Being a Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer I thought I had it all down… ha! I’m thinking it has more to do with age now. Anyway, here are the foods and these are suggestions an by any means the end all list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Fish

DON”T Eat: raw or under cooked fish or shellfish (oysters and clams), fish with high levels of mercury, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish(golden or white snapper), unpasteurized, refrigerated, smoked, or pickled fish unless heated until steaming, do not eat more than 6 ounces a week of canned (yuk, who can eat it any way?) “solid white” or albacore tuna

DO Eat: cooked fish to the temp of 145 degrees or until opaque in the center, eat up to 12 oz. of low mercury fish, such as salmon, shrimp, pollack, or trout

Meat & Poultry

DON”T Eat: Raw or under cooked meat or poultry, refrigerated meat of any kind(ham, roast beef, hot-dogs,  bologna, prosciutto, pate) unless heated until steaming 165 degrees, dry, uncooked sausage, such as salami and pepperoni, unless heated until steaming hot. Be careful of the rotisserie chicken in the grocery stores that are refrigerated – they are the ones from the previous day and they are not always cooled to room temp before placed in the refrig.

Eggs

DON”T Eat: Runny or undercooked eggs, raw cookie dough(darn it :C) or cake batter that contains raw eggs, homemade desserts that contain raw eggs like, eggnog, ice cream, custard, chocolate mousse, hollandaise sauce (missed this item too) bearnaise sauce, mayonnaise, and Caesar salad dressing.

Kinda takes the fun outta eating but it is worth it to be cautious and to be protective of you and the unborn. It’s only for a few months and then you can go back to your normal eating.

I will be a few other foods so stayed tuned…

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