As a parent, one of the greatest duties is to keep your baby safe. Cribs are known for keeping the bedding of your baby comfortable and safe. Reportedly, babies around 7 to 9 months are more likely to injure their legs or arms by sticking into cribs while sleeping. However, it is not that common if you use proper protection.
Baby getting a foot stuck in the crib; might be one of the scariest things you could experience. If you don’t know how to get those feet out safely, it can cause major injury. Baby’s body joints are super sensitive.
However, take a deep breath. It is not at all risky. You can easily get the baby’s foot out of the crib with a little trick.
Can babies hurt themselves in the crib?
Cribs are meant to keep the baby beddings comfortable. Sometimes, these cribs can injure your baby. Around 15% of the bed injuries of babies happen in the cribs.
It’s not like babies will hurt through their strength. Young babies will hardly have the power to hold the crib. Still, they can harm themselves by sticking their foot or arm in the cribs. Such things happen if there is not a proper arrangement of bedding in the cribs.
There are many reasons why babies might get stuck on their feet in the crib. One reason is that cribs can be difficult to put in and take out, especially if the baby is having trouble getting up. Another reason could be that the crib is too high for the baby to reach, and they might fall off or get stuck.
Should I use crib rail Guards?
Some prefer using rail guards to stop their babies from getting their feet stuck. Crib rails are nice to see and maybe safer to some extent. Still, there have crib rails for making bedding safer.
AAP, for many reasons, doesn’t recommend using any of these crib rail guards. Crib rails are made of strong materials. If somehow the baby’s head, foot, or hands, it can turn into a serious accident.
You will find different types of crib rail covers and guards available in the market. However, there have been some negative reviews about them. Some say it’s better not to use any crib covers or guards.
If somehow crib guards get loosened, they can fall into the crib. If you’re using crib slats, they can also turn riskier. Your baby may reach its arms or legs stuck between the crib slat and pad.
Also, these crib rail guards can block airflow. And your baby needs proper airflow to avoid suffocation while sleeping. Regarding all these, please do not use any crib guards. Instead, look for alternatives to prevent the baby from stocking legs in the cribs.
How to prevent Your Baby from Getting your Foot Stuck in Crib?
Once your baby starts moving on its own, it’s hard to keep an eye on them 24/7. Especially when it is sleeping in the crib, it should be the safest moment of the day. Still, baby legs getting stuck in the crib is very common. Not only that, but also your baby can get bumps by those cribs.
With a few suggestions, you can set the cribs in the right way. Let’s see what you can do to avoid such occurrence:
Use Sleep Sack:
You can use a sleep sack if your baby is 7 to 12 months old. These keep the baby’s feet inside the bag, yet they are quite comfortable. These are wearable blankets. Such dresses contain zippers that prevent the baby’s arms and legs from getting stuck.
Multi-Holed Knitted Blanket:
Multi-hold-knotted blankets can cover crib rails. Also, the blanket holes will give your baby enough airflow. This type of blanket can keep the arms and legs together while keeping them comfortable.
Use a Bumper pad with proper airflow:
There have different types of bumper pads in the market. Choose ones that can provide enough airflow. Bumper pads are comparatively an affordable pick. These can be set around your crib.
Breathable Crib Liners:
If you want an additional crib liner, it will give an extra layer of protection. Crib liners can be set around your baby’s crib. Such cribs will provide enough airflow to avoid suffocation.
Tips and safety measures:
There also have some additional tips for maintaining. Following these, you can keep the baby safe while sleeping:
- Make sure your baby is sleeping in the right position. Keep the baby to sleep on their backs.
- Arrange the baby’s bedding correctly. Your baby would need a flat surface. You can also use loveys, soft pillows, and blankets. However, consider these to be safe for your baby.
- Avoid arranging anything around the crib or bedding that might interrupt the airflow.
- Make sure there is enough space between the child and the crib. This will help them stay safe and stable in bed or during playtime.
- Use a dummy or other safety device. Ensure your baby does not get into danger if they fall out of the crib.
- Keep any toys away from your baby’s reach.
- Dress your baby in loose and comfortable dresses before keeping them in the crib for sleeping.
What is the most common injury due to cribs?
There are many different reasons why babies might get injured when sleeping in their cribs. But the most common is a crib-related injury called head laceration, caused by a sudden sharp cut on the top of the baby’s head.
Head lacerations happen more often when babies sleep in cribs with tight-fitting straps around their necks or when they are being used in too high of a position.
Can a baby break a leg in a crib?
A baby possibly can not break their leg in a crib. However, many parents believe that it is very likely that their children will do so at some point during their infancy. The main reason for this belief is the baby can’t stand up. They might not have enough strength to stand up by themselves.
A baby gets stuck in a crib because they are trying to get out. This cannot be easy because the crib is too tight. If this happens, it cannot be easy to free them. There are several ways to try and release a baby from a crib. One of the most popular methods is using a plunger. Well, then you might have to ask for professionals. You must take enough precautions to avoid such drastic issues with your baby.