Although soothing to baby during waking hours, pacifiers and other crib toys can block airways and should be removed from reach when baby drifts off to sleep.

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___ Remove rattles, squeeze toys, teethers, plush toys, and other items from baby's crib when baby is sleeping or unattended.

___ Ensure a pacifier's protective shield has ventilation holes and is large enough so it can't fit inside baby's mouth.

___ Check the pacifier frequently for holes or tears. Replace worn or damaged pacifiers as needed.

___ Do not string a pacifier or any other item around baby's neck.

Source: Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

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Originally published on, December 2005.

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