Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe While in a Playpen11/24/10
(HealthDay News) -- A playpen can keep baby confined, allowing
parents to get things done around the home.
But a playpen doesn't guarantee your little one's safety. The
Nemours Foundation says you should follow these precautions:
- Don't put multiple floor pads or soft blankets at the bottom of
the playpen. Doing so could pose a suffocation risk.
- Teach anyone watching baby how to appropriately set up the
- Don't put baby in a playpen once he or she is tall enough to
climb out of it.
- Never leave baby unattended in the playpen. Make sure you can
see the infant at all times.
- Slats in a wood playpen shouldn't be more than 2 3/8 inches
- If the pen is mesh, the holes should be no more than 1/4 inch,
to prevent little fingers from getting stuck.
- The sides of a playpen should be at least 20 inches high.
- Make sure the top rails are padded.
- Make sure the hinges and supports are well protected.
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