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When your baby starts pushing up onto her hands and knees, (usually at around 4 to 5 months of age), it's time to get rid of the mobile — she could reach it, and that's dangerous. "Infants have been strangled by the strings attached to crib mobiles," says Mark A. Brandenburg, a practicing emergency physician at the Trauma Emergency Center (TEC) of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and author of Child Safe: A Practical Guide for Preventing Childhood Injuries.
Even before your baby can do push-ups, make sure that any type of mobile or overhead gym toy you attach to the crib is well out of her reach and fastened securely so it can't fall off. Avoid mobiles with small parts that detach — they pose a choking hazard. And never let strings and cords from a mobile or gym dangle into your baby's crib.