Choosing a safe baby crib

Choosing a Safe Baby Crib

Couple practices crib safety while assembling baby's first crib.

Selecting a suitable and safe sleep environment for your baby can be overwhelming. Keep baby safety in mind with these considerations.

What Are Some Tips When Buying a New Crib?

  • Look for products that meet baby crib safety standards, such as those certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, which ensures your crib has been thoroughly tested.
  • Check the floor model for loose spindles or a shaky frame. These could be signs of poor construction and an unsafe environment for your baby.

Crib Safety Tips

Safety tips for new cribs:

The structural integrity of the crib matters as much as its contents and location when it comes to baby safety. Keep the following recommendations in mind:

  • When selecting a crib mattress, use a firm mattress that fits tightly against the crib sides with no more than two-fingers' width of a gap.
  • Remove soft or loose bedding and toys - like blankets, quilts, pillows and stuffed animals - which can cause suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Avoid using crib bumpers that can obstruct baby’s breathing.
  • Place the crib away from blind cords and other potential strangulation hazards.
  • Don't hang anything heavy over the crib, and avoid decorations with hanging pieces that a baby could grab.

Safety tips for older cribs:

  • Make sure wooden crib spindles or slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart – about the width of a soda can. Anything wider could allow baby's head to get caught.
  • Have the frame tested for lead paint and make sure it doesn't have any structural weaknesses.
  • Avoid older drop-side cribs, which have been connected to infant deaths and are now banned.
  • Check for crib side rail safety by ensuring that the side rails do not move.

What Are Non-crib Options for a New Baby?

There are no federal safety standards for co-sleeping or bedside baskets. If you'd like your infant to sleep in your bed, on a same-surface 'sidecar' co-sleeper, or in a bassinet, remember the following (from The Behavioral Sleep Laboratory):

  • Infants should always sleep on their backs.
  • Sleeping surfaces should always be firm, fitted and clean.
  • Sleeping environments should be free of blankets or loose bedding. Instead, use a swaddle wrap or wearable blanket on your baby.
  • Infants should never have their heads covered during sleep.

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