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What should I do to make baby’s cot safe?
Fluffy blankets or pillows are smothering hazards and should never be in your child's cot. Other threats: An outdated cot (one whose slats are more than 2 3/8 inches apart, which could collapse or catch baby); or a mattress that's too soft (another suffocation risk). Also avoid danger spots within reach of your baby. In a few months, your little athlete will be standing while holding the cot rails, and things like plants, artwork, lamps or even blinds (the string is a strangulation hazard) become dangerous. Don't hang mobiles too low (it should be 10 to 12 inches over the cot for a newborn), or put a cot mattress too high for your older child (it potentially allows an adventurous child to climb the rail and tumble out).