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These used to come with every baby bedding set, but after they were declared a suffocation risk, most companies stopped manufacturing them. But that doesn’t mean that a well-wisher may not find a set somewhere out on the Internet. “Let’s start with the crib—we know bumper pads and all of those extra things that make them look so fabulous are dangerous for infants,” says Pat Gabbe, MD, an infant mortality researcher at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Learn these other dangerous parenting mistakes.
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Just like the crib bumpers, anything soft in the crib could be a suffocation risk. “It’s safest to put your baby down without anything in the crib,” Dr. Gabbe recommends. “Babies get used to what you put them in or on.” The only exception? For little newborns, you could consider swaddling, as long as you keep the arms free. These are more things your pediatrician won’t tell you—but you’ll really want to know.