Along with the expectation of the baby’s arrival, there is also all the preparation for this great moment in the life of any woman. The purchase of the trousseau, the way the baby’s room will be decorated, the first toys, the first shoes, little touches, all of this fills anyone with anxiety.
And one of the things that everyone thinks and takes into account when preparing the arrival of this long-awaited new member of the family, is the cradle. It is no wonder, after all it is the place where the baby will spend most of the time at the beginning of his life.
However, along with this thought there are also many concerns about the so-called cradle kit. Dangerous or necessary? What is true or not about the subject? There is a lot of debate about the benefits or harms that these items can bring and that is why we decided to clarify today and go deeper into the cradle kit. Dangerous or necessary, after all?
What is Cradle Kit?
For those who do not know what it is, the cradle kit is basically a set of items that complement the baby’s crib, whether to decorate, protect, heat, in short, there are several functions that the items of a cradle kit and they also may vary depending on the model or store that sells it.
There are several types of cradle kit, with several different pieces , but we can mention the most common ones in them. Are they:
- Side protectors;
- Sheets (top and bottom);
But the truth is that there is a lot of controversy when we talk about these items. Is it really necessary to warm the baby with them? While some think so, others say no.
But the need or not of the items sold in a crib kit is in the background, as the biggest discussion is about whether the crib kit is dangerous or necessary . And to understand this issue, nothing better than analyzing all the advantages and dangers that the cradle kit can bring.
Advantages of having a Crib Kit
We can cite as a main advantage the fact that the cradle kit provides savings. All of these parts purchased separately would cost far more than the kits you can find on the market.
Another advantage always mentioned is the decoration, as it is undeniable that the pieces make the room have a special charm. The problem is that these advantages are not exactly necessary for a baby and that is what ends up generating more controversy when it comes to whether the cradle kit is dangerous or necessary.
Cradle Kit Dangers
The cradle kit is not recommended by ABP (Associação Brasileira de Pediatria) nor by SAP (American Society of Pediatrics). That’s because it can bring some dangers to the baby. One thing that is important to note is that the fact that they are not recommended does not mean that they are prohibited.
But this ban has a reason, of course. There are some dangers that the crib kit offers and that can harm the baby a lot, even being fatal. We can cite as the main dangers of the cradle kit:
- Suffocation Risk – It is the main danger and also the main reason that the cradle kit is contraindicated. Blankets are not ideal for babies’ cribs, as they do not have much control over their movements and can end up being suffocated during the night.
- Trampoline – Another risk of the crib kit is that, as the baby grows, he learns to stand up and can use these side protections to make a trampoline and jump out of the crib, which can hurt.
- Allergies – The cradle kit can also provide a range of allergies or even breathing problems for babies, depending on the fabric of the items and the child’s health.
The general recommendation is that, as beautiful as it is to have so many ornaments, a baby’s crib has only one sheet and has a flat surface. To cover it on cold days, sleeping bags made for babies are a good option, as there is no risk of the baby getting under them and being suffocated.
How to Make the Crib Safer?
Since there are several dangers when it comes to the baby’s crib, it is necessary to think about what is the best way to make the crib be safe, thus providing comfort and tranquility also for parents , who will worry much less at night . Some of the things that can be done to make the crib safer are:
- Beware of Electronic Equipment
- Protective Screen
- Cradle Location
- Baby Position
Let’s go a little deeper into each of these items to better explain how they can make the crib safer.
Beware of Electronic Equipment
Baby monitors and air humidifiers are great companions for the baby’s safety and health to be enhanced, however, it is necessary that these devices are out of reach of children and also that the wires do not pass anywhere where they can touch during at night.
Placing a protective screen in the crib to prevent babies from putting their hands and feet out of the crib usually works very well. In addition to offering no risk to babies, these screens prevent them from curling or touching something that is outside the crib.
Taking care of where the cradle is is also of utmost importance. Leaving the crib away from windows, away from shelves or places where objects may fall is sure to lessen the dangers that the baby runs in the crib and also reassures parents.
Finally, paying attention to where the baby sleeps is also essential. The general recommendation is for the baby to sleep on his back , thus preventing him from suffocating during the night. The face does not have to be exactly turned up, it can be turned to the side and it is even better, depending on the situation.
When you ask yourself if the crib kit is dangerous or necessary, you need to keep in mind what is best for your baby and this should always come first. As we said earlier, the Cradle Kit even has some advantages, but the dangers and disadvantages of this type of kit end up making it better to resort to alternatives, such as learning how to make the cradle safer for your baby, for example.
Security is never too much, especially when it comes to our babies, but it is also necessary to know what really does good and what doesn’t in so many myths and stories that are told to us everywhere. Each mother always has her preferences about care and creation, but surely they all care for the well-being of their children and that is the most important thing after all.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.