Baby Crib Safety
Questions about Baby Crib Safety
The crib is where your baby will spend a lot of their time and as parent you want
to be sure they are safe. Below are some of frequently asked questions (with the answers) about crib
Topics such as mattress position, how to place your baby in the crib, historical
facts about the crib, and general baby crib safety standards are discussed, as are other issues.
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Cribs safety standards
Q. Are there safety standards for baby
Yes there are some very exact baby crib safety standards. Here's in a nutshell
what they are.
In 1974 it was made law that cribs should no longer be painted with lead based
paint. It was discovered that the ingestion of lead (from any source) could cause learning disabilities and other
difficulties in young children. The slats of the crib must be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart, this is to prevent
your baby from getting his body or head stuck between the bars causing injury or strangulation. The side bar should
be 26 inches above the mattress when it is in its lowest position. If your child is more than an inch taller than
the sidebar it is time to move him into a regular bed.
Q. Are there some hazards in my baby’s
crib that I need to be aware of?
Your mattress must fit snugly in the crib; an ill-fitting mattress could cause
your baby to slip between the mattress and the side bar causing suffocation. The mattress height should be able to
be adjusted into at least three different levels. When your baby becomes more mobile you will want to put the
mattress in the lowest position to prevent your baby from climbing or falling out. The slats should be tight, loose
slats could pinch little fingers. Do not put the crib near a window to prevent your baby from possibly falling out
or becoming tangled in Venetian blind cords.
How baby crib safety standards
Q. What are some historical facts about
Here is a short chronological time line of how baby crib safety standards evolved
over the years:
1973 - The standard for
crib slats was to be no more than 2 3/8th inches apart to prevent your baby from slipping through or getting their
head stuck. Also, double latches for drop-down sidebars were to become the norm.
1976 - The standard for
cutouts in the crib end panels are presented. The end panels must not have any decorative cutout designs. Children
were getting their limbs or heads caught causing serious injury or death.
1978 - Cribs must now
be painted with non-toxic finish.
1981 - Two models of
cribs with cutouts are recalled.
1988 - A voluntary
standard addresses mattress support hardware, failure of glued or bolted connections, drop-side latch failure and
loosened teething rails.
1990 - No corner posts
or projections can be more than 1/16th of an inch above the drop-side.
1998 - California and
Washington mandate that hotel cribs must meet the same standards set for full-size cribs
1998 - Portable cribs
must now meet the same standards as full-sized cribs.
Q. How can I tell when my baby is ready
for a regular bed?
When your child stands more than a couple of inches taller than the sidebar with
the mattress in the lowest position. If your child is climbing out of the crib, for his safety put him in a regular
Q. How should I put my baby to sleep in
Place your baby on his back or on his side for sleeping. Use one piece sleepers
rather than blankets. Your baby could slip under the blanket and possibly suffocate. Remove all pillows and toys as
well, in order to prevent suffocation or injury.
|Using blanket to play with baby when it's awake is fine,
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Q. Is it safe to cover my baby with a
A blanket sleeper will keep your baby sufficiently warm while sleeping. If you
absolutely need to use a blanket, tuck it in around the bottom of the mattress. Place your baby with his feet
toward the end-panel and the blanket should go no higher than his/her chest.
Q. Is a mesh sided crib safe to use for my
Yes, a mesh crib is safe provided the mesh holes are less than 1/4 inch in size,
smaller than a tiny button on baby’s clothes. The should be no rips, tears, or loose threads in the mesh. If
staples are used to attach the mesh they must not be exposed and the mesh must be securely attached to the top rail
and the floor plate.
Q. Can I safely use bumper pads in my
While bumper pads are not necessary, they can safely be used. They must be very
close the edge of the mattress and properly secured. The bumpers must be flat and not puffy, as your baby could get
stuck between the bumper and the mattress and suffocate.
Q. What can I do to keep my baby’s crib
In order to keep your baby’s a safe place, you should make sure to all connections
are secure and that there are no broken or missing parts. Regularly, check the teething rail for splits or cracks.
Make sure the mattress spring support and your crib will withstand your baby’s increasing mobility. The mattress
itself should have no splits, tears, or holes.
Q. How can I tell when it’s time to lower
When your baby becomes more active, when s/he begins to pull himself to a standing
position or when he sits up alone it will be time to lower the mattress to prevent your little one from either
climbing out or falling out.
Q. Can I hang a mobile over my baby’s
Mobiles and crib gyms can be used to entertain your baby. But when your child is
able to get on to their hands and knees or pull themselves up, it's time to move them up higher out of your baby's
reach. This will prevent your baby from becoming entangled in them.
|Mobiles are great
fun for the baby, as long as they're out of baby reach, to watch and enjoy the colours and the
Make Sure Baby's Crib is Safe
Making sure your baby’s crib is safe, is an ongoing to task. Proper positioning of
the mattress, making sure all connections are secure and that there are no loose slats that could pinch little
fingers will help to keep your baby’s crib a safe place for him to be.
Be sure to place him in the crib on his back or side and dress him in a sleeper
rather than using a blanket. Keeping these tips in mind will help keep your baby safe and give you some peace of