What can I put in my baby’s crib?

We want our babies to be snuggly and happy in their cribs. Doula and newborn care specialist Mirella Alexis discusses what is safe for your new baby.

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My partner and I are expecting our first baby next month! I know there are rules around what’s allowed in a crib but am not clear what they are. Can you share best practices?


Congrats on your new little one! Parents are often eager to show me their nursery for their bundle of joy. Bringing my expertise as a doula and newborn care specialist, I stand there and admire all the love and thought they’ve put into the room. I also scan the room for any hazards that may be present. And more often than not, I find them in the crib. Not because parents don’t care about this part of the room, rather, because parents want to show off and use the gifts others have shared with themthe handmade blankets, passed-down stuffed animals, or brand-new organic sheets. Yet all of these items can be dangerous to a newborn baby. 

A bare crib is best for babies. This means no pillows, blankets, bumpers, stuffed animals, or loose-fitting sheets. Why? Any of these seemingly harmless items can smother or strangle a baby while they sleep. They can also have choking hazards attached to them. Instead, a baby should be laid in their bare crib on their back. If they need a pacifier, that is fine. If you believe your baby is cold, opt for a thicker sleep-sack or footed pajamas instead of blankets or socks.

Also, a good rule of thumb is not to put anything extra in your baby’s crib until they are 12 to 18 months old. Around this age, they may have a full range of motion and the ability to roll over, sit up, and move things away.

The CareNectar team hopes this guidance is helpful, and we’re here for you with any future questions!

Meet The Expert

Mirella Alexis

Mirella has been a family and childcare advocate for nearly two decades. With her bachelor’s degree in early childcare education, Mirella immediately started expanding her portfolio as a professional nanny, early childhood educator, and newborn care specialist. She later obtained her certification in child nutrition, positive discipline, and child abuse prevention. She expanded her professional reach more in 2016 by taking on the role of labor and postpartum doula. In 2020, Mirella became the Vice President of The Nanny Sitter Fund. She’s excited to be bringing her passion for childcare to the masses, making child welfare everyone’s responsibility. Learn more about her at