WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The safety of children's furniture and toys has come into question often in the recent past, with the recall of two million cribs in November - the largest crib-recall in history, and the recall of 30,000 Nap Nanny Portable Recliners in July after the death of a child.
Parents-to-be Sarah and Nathan Heimbruch can't wait to meet their new son in November.
"I've always wanted a family and kids," Sarah said.
The Heimbruchs say they are busy preparing for baby, getting ready to buy what doctors say is one of the most important purchases of all: the crib.
"Most cribs at the store should be safe. Recalls do happen, they're rare but they happen. You'd do well to do research online," Dr. Brian Sims from Covenant Medical Center said.
Following doctors orders, Sarah has spent hours reading.
"I just Google search everything, it's where I find all my answers," Sarah said.
This mother-to-be has learned several important safety tips.
There should be no gap between the mattress and the frame of the crib, or else the baby's head could get stuck.
"I've had cases where babies have suffocated next to the mattress or the pads," Sims said.
Don't buy bumper pads. The only things that should be in your cribs are the mattress, the sheet, and the crib itself.
Dress baby properly for sleep. Instead of the blanket, buy a sleep sack that doubles as a blanket and pajamas.
Contrary to recent trends, child safety experts say don't use sleeping wedges. Doctors say the product hasn't been tested enough for safety.
Dr. Sims says you should buy a new crib for safety and price doesn't have to be a factor.
"Sometimes the best cribs are the least expensive. Everyone can afford to have a safe crib," Sims said.
"We want to buy it brand new. They're safer," Sarah said.
The Heimbruchs are doing their due diligence, and trusting the rest to their faith.
"God's taken care of everything. He'll see us through," Sarah said.
Doctors also say you should always put your baby to sleep on its back.
Since the "Back to Sleep" program was launched in 1994, the number of deaths due to SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, has decreased more than 50 percent.
For expecting parents in need in Black Hawk County, you can access education, even supplies through Operation Threshold's "Stork's Nest" program, at 319-291-2065.
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