Crib Safety Tips

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when setting up your new crib:

  • The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib.  Before you use a crib, check to make sure the crib has not been recalled.
  • You should never purchase used or secondhand cribs as they may not meet the most current safety standards.
  • Drop side cribs are no longer available for purchase, however if you are using a previously purchased drop-side crib, parents should ensure that the drop side and all other moving parts operate smoothly.  Remember to always secure the moveable side when baby is in the crib.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose or broken parts or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.  Check the stability and hardware on the crib often.  Do not substitute hardware.  Only use hardware obtained directly from the manufacturer.
  • Always use a properly fitting mattress as infants can suffocate in gaps between a poorly fitting mattress and the crib sides or ends.
  • Never leave items not intended for the crib hanging on the corner posts or sides of the crib.  Babies can pull those items into the crib or become entangled in them.
  • When your child is able to pull to a standing position, set the mattress to the lowest position and remove bumper pads, large toys and other objects that could serve as steps for climbing out.  It’s time to move your child to a toddler bed when he or she begins to climb out or reaches a height of 35 inches.
  • Never place the crib near windows where cords from blinds or drapes may strangle a child.
  • Mobiles should be removed from the crib when baby can push up on hands and knees or pull up to a standing position.
  • If using a baby monitor with cords, make sure all cords are out of arm’s reach of your child.  Never place any item in or on the crib that has cords, strings, etc. as babies can become entangled and strangle in these items.
  • Do not put a baby monitor in the crib, bassinet, or toddler bed.
"JPMA Crib Safety." Bassinets & Cradles. JPMA. Web. 21 June 2011. <http://cribsafety.jpma.org/node/5>.
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