Remove all soft bedding-pillows, comforters, blankets and stuffed
animals-from the crib to
further reduce risk of suffocation. Instead of a blanket, dress baby
in a sleep sack or
Make sure the crib itself meets current safety standards. This
The slats are no wider than 2 3/8" apart
The mattress is firm-not soft (foam or coil - your preference)
There is no gap between mattress and crib walls. Two fingers
worth of space is too
Corner posts are level with the height of the end panels (just
1/16" higher at most)
There are no decorative cut-outs in the headboard or footboard.
Top rails, when raised, are at least 26" above the mattress
support in its lowest
Hardware is secure-no loose or broken screws or pieces. Recheck
Drop sides cannot be accidentally released by a child. (According
to the National
Safety Council, the crib sides should require two separate steps to
release. If this is a
one step process, it should require a minimum force of 10 pounds to
Look for a JPMA safety certification seal on newly manufactured
Top rails should be covered by teething guards.
Keep blind cords, curtain pulls, décor, electrical cords and
mobiles out of baby's reach.
Maintain a cool room temperature give a recommended range to
Place baby's crib away from any source of draft.
Make sure baby's fitted sheet is secured to the mattress and will
not pop loose.
Place a baby monitor in the nursery far from child’s reach.
Consider purchasing a special crib mattress that circulates air
around baby. This helps
prevent the “rebreathing” of carbon dioxide, which is believed to be
a leading cause of
if you use bumper pads, make sure they are tightly secured to the
sides of the cribs. Trim
excess ties or straps. Straps should be loose, easy to push down to
mattress and not
hung up on any hardware. You don’t want your child to get a foothold
on bumper to be
able to climb out.
When child is sitting up remove bumper pads and all other animals
or pillows and lower
crib mattress to lowest position.
Once the top of the crib rails are less than three-fourths your
child's height or they are 36
inches tall, it's time to move to a toddler bed.
If you have a child who climbs out of the crib before the above
point, seriously consider
using a crib tent. Some parent’s don’t like it but the potential
alternatives are far worse.
install finger guards on fast-closing doors.
Anchor all furniture, cover all outlets (even ones behind crib),
and install locks or window
guards on all windows.
When baby is sitting up remove all mobiles and any type of canopy
over bed as they can
pose choking or strangulation hazards.
Do not place heavy object on shelves or hang pictures above crib.
Use earthquake putty on all objects placed on shelving. Use Velcro
the secure base of
pictures on walls – stick to wall and back of frame and it will
prevent it from falling and
breaking during quake.
Use locks on sliding closet doors until baby can open and close
without pinching fingers
or slamming causing glass doors to crack.
Pick up room every night before bed so in the event of an
emergency you can get to your
child quickly without incident.
When child is in toddler bed, use pressure gate in doorway to
prevent child from walking
around house unsupervised during the night. Instruct child to call
for you when he is
awake in the morning.