Crib Safety Tips
1. Crib Design
Dispose of antique baby cribs with decorative cutouts, corner posts or lead paint.
The space between the slats should be no more than 2-3/8 inches apart to prevent infants from getting their head stuck between them. Cribs manufactured after 1974 must meet this and other strict safety standards.
The corner posts should be the same height as the end panels or less than 1/16 of an inch higher than the end panels.
No cut-out areas on the headboard or footboard so a baby’s head cannot get trapped.
The top rails of crib sides, in their raised position, should be at least 26 inches above the top of the mattress support at its lowest position.
As soon as the child can pull himself to a standing position, set and keep the mattress at its lowest position. Stop using the crib once the height of the top rails is less than three-fourths of the child’s height.
2. A safe crib has
No missing, loose, broken, or improperly-installed screws, brackets, or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
No more than 2 3/8 inches between crib slats so a baby’s body cannot fit through the slats.
A firm, snug-fitting mattress so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
No corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they are over 16 inches high for a canopy) so a baby cannot catch clothing and strangle.
No cutout areas on the headboard or foot board so a baby’s head cannot get trapped.
A mattress support that does not easily pull apart from the corner posts so a baby cannot get trapped between mattress and crib.
No cracked or peeling paint to prevent lead poisoning.
No splinters or rough edges.
An unsafe used crib could be very dangerous for your baby. Each year, about 50 babies suffocate or strangle when they become trapped between broken crib parts or in cribs with older, unsafe designs.
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