Parenting experts say something as simple as a crib before your baby's infant years could be dangerous.
Linda Bress of SAFE kids in South Carolina says it's very important to place the child on its back when parents bring their baby home from the hospital.
That way, parents can prevent "SIDS," or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Bress says SIDS can even be caused by blankets and bumpers that can cause the child to suffocate.
Other tips to keep in mind include:
- Removing mattress covers from the crib and replacing them with tight fitting sheets.
- If you have to use a blanket, Brees recommends covering only the lower half of the body.
- Parents should also resist the urge to let their infants sleep in an adult bed because the risk of injury or death are too great.
More than 10,000 SIDS deaths occur each year.
For more information on preventing SIDS, you can visit the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at www.nichd.gov