Baby Saunders’ Crib

Dayton Children’s Soon-to-Be Mommy Blogger, Jessica Saunders

We finally had a chance to get our crib and baby room together – I guess you could say it’s about time since the baby is due in less than six weeks!

As I mentioned in previous posts, my goal is to keep things super simple in order to keep them safe.

Here is Baby Saunders’ crib!

Baby Saunders' Simple and Safe Crib

A couple things that we looked for when purchasing and setting up the baby crib:

  • The distance between the slats were no more than 2-3/8 inches (6 centimeters) to protect Baby Saunders from falling out or trapping his or her head between the slats.
  • There are no corner posts on the crib. If there were I would have looked for a crib with corner posts either flush with the top of the headboard and footboard or very tall — over 16 inches (41 centimeters). Anything in between would be a potential strangulation hazard.
  • Because of all of the recalls on drop-side cribs I avoided this kind all together.
  • I found a firm mattress that we tested ourselves in the store. Soft mattresses may play a role in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • We found a mattress that fits the crib. This will keep the baby from slipping in between the mattress and the crib sides. We also bought a mattress pad that fits tightly.
  • As you can see in our photo, we’ve left out all bumper pads, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals to prevent suffocation.
  • We also placed the crib on a wall without any windows or drapes because the baby could become entangled in these items.
  • Because we had to set up the crib we followed the directions carefully (and actually double checked them once the crib was put together) and we triple checked to make sure that all screws were tight.  We also saved the directions in case something comes loose.
  • And finally, once Baby Saunders arrives we’ll be following the ABCs of safe sleep – Alone, on the Back and in a Crib.

When it comes to the baby crib – remember my mantra. Simple and safe!


  1. Reply
    Marcy December 17, 2010

    I assume that you’ve seen the Consumer Safety Commission’s recent ban on drop side cribs.

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