Below is a chart of injuries from the February 2011 issue of Pediatrics:
We are, of course, not the corner on the market for crib safety, but here are some safety tips that can help you sleep better at night, a well as links to other prominent crib safety sites.
Keep the Scene Clean!
The nursery above may look all nice a cozy with a lot of items to keep your baby happy, but there are a lot of potential risks by placing a lot of items inside and around the crib.
With any crib or bassinet, here are a few simple rules to keep babies sleeping safely.
- Never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby’s sleep environment
- Make sure there are no openings larger than two fingers between sides of the crib and mattress
- Follow the instructions provided for your crib and make sure that every part is installed correctly
(Call the manufacturer for assistance if you are unsure)
- Do not use cribs older than 10 years old
- Do not use broken or modified cribs
- Never place a crib near a window with blinds, curtains or baby monitors. Babies can strangle on the cords
Links to Crib Safety and Crib Information Sites:
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
It’s important to create a safe sleep environment for your or any baby you are looking after. Take a few moments to learn about safe sleep. ‹READ MORE›
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
Babies are at risk from suffocation or strangulation when they become trapped between broken crib parts related to wear and tear or incorrect assembly. Follow these guidelines to create a safe sleep environment for baby. ‹READ MORE›
National Safety Council
Crib safety tips on crib design, mattresses, crib hardware, crib accessories and crib environment. ‹READ MORE›
How to Buy a Crib
Babies probably spend more time in their crib than anywhere else, safety is essential. ‹READ MORE›
New federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. After nearly 30 years, these new rules are expected to improve the quality of cribs and make them safer for babies. ‹READ MORE›
Keeping Babies Safe
Keeping Babies Safe, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission partnered to bring you a national education campaign on sleep safety entitled “Safe Sleep (Environments) for Babies.” ‹READ MORE›
Of all nursery products, cribs are responsible for the most infant deaths, evaluate it carefully to ensure that your baby’s resting place is safe. ‹READ MORE›