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Baby 101: Setting Up the Crib

Once youíve chosen the perfect crib for your babyís nursery, youíre going to have to put it together. There are certain things you should pay attention to when you are assembling and setting up this very important piece of furniture.

Ideally, the crib should be set up away from windows and window treatments (particularly blinds and shades). Babies can reach out and attempt to pull themselves up with the curtains, pulling them down or pulling themselves up and into the window. Cords should be put far out of reach, and ideally the loops should be cut to make two separate cords.

Youíll also want to consider a place in the room that is free from drafts or direct sunlight if possible to keep your little one as comfortable as possible year round.

Although the temptation is to put the baby monitor close to the baby, resist it. The cords from the monitor can be a strangulation hazard. Even if you use a cordless monitor, if you put it too close to the crib youíll hear every tiny sound, which can disrupt your sleep. Monitors are made to be sensitive, so itís fine to put one farther across the room.

Once youíve put the crib together, give it a good shake to make sure itís stable. If it feels loose, tighten up screws and other hardware, then test again. When it feels good and sturdy, itís time to grab the baby crib bedding and make that bed. Now youíre set for babyís arrival.
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