When they’re not in your arms, your baby will likely spend quite a bit of time in their crib between nap and bedtime. So keep your little ones entertained with the right crib toy, just remember to remove those toys at bedtime, per the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation. Consider adding one of these cute crib toys to your baby’s collection.
This crib toy comes with a seashell-themed remote control, which can work up to 12 feet away from the device. It yields 25 minutes of light effects and sound. The drift-off dimmer lowers sound and softens light to help your baby fall asleep.
The Ewan crib toy plays white and pink noise, and comes with a soft pink night light to induce natural sleep. Its soft plush body is machine-washable and can safely attach to your baby’s crib.
Each toy features a built-in wind chime for added stimulation. Your baby can enjoy it from the newborn stage to 12 months.
Each of the hanging toys is set on a covered elastic that enables your little one to pull the toy closer to them. You can place these toys on a crib, stroller, or car seat.
The activity bar crib toy can either be placed horizontally along the length of your baby’s crib or arched between both sides. Or make it portable with its easy clamp closure.
1. Are crib toys a good idea?
Yes, crib toys can be a great addition when used properly. They can keep little ones engaged, and aid in getting them to not only fall asleep but stay asleep. However, never leave a toy laying in the crib when it’s time to sleep. Specifically, the AAP advises that parents follow the ABCs of safe sleep: Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib. This means that nothing but the mattress and a fitted mattress sheet should be in the crib with your baby; babies should always be put to bed on their back to prevent breathing obstructions; and babies should always sleep on a firm mattress or surface, like a crib or bassinet.
2. Is it safe to hang toys from the crib?
There’s debate on whether or not you should have toys hanging from or over your baby’s crib — especially since hanging toys are not technically in the crib with your baby. As a general rule, you shouldn’t have anything hanging directly over your baby while they’re sleeping that might create a choking or suffocation hazard should it fall into the crib with them. But you’ll note that many crib toys are designed to be hung on the exterior side of your baby’s crib. In the newborn stage, when babies haven’t mastered the art of rolling over, these toys can be safe as long as they’re not hanging on the inside of the crib. Be sure that they’re elevated and can’t press against your baby’s face if your baby happens to get positioned against the edge of the crib.
3. At what age can you put toys in the crib?
According to the AAP, your baby’s crib should be free of anything except the mattress and a fitted crib sheet until they’re at least 12 months old. At this age, children have more physical control and can adjust themselves, even in their sleep. Before that age, common risks like an inability to roll over or turn their head mean that any extra items placed in the crib can create a choking or suffocation risk. So, while you might like the idea of crib toys in your baby’s bed during the day for aesthetics, again, be sure to clear the crib before nap or bedtime.
4. Can I hang a blanket on the side of the crib?
Blankets, sheets, and other loose items are all treated with the same strict guidelines as crib toys by the AAP. Blankets can pose choking and suffocation risks if they somehow fall into the crib with your baby while they’re sleeping. Because of this, the AAP outlines that blankets be removed from the crib before you put your baby down to sleep. If you’re concerned that your baby is going to get cold while napping, follow the general guideline that you should dress your baby with one layer warmer than you would for yourself. This means you can pick a warmer onesie, or opt for a sleep sack. Younger babies who haven’t begun to roll over can be swaddled. However, when swaddling or using a sleep sack/wearable blanket ensure that the room isn’t too warm as overheating can be a contributing underlying risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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