Safe Kids – In The Crib

Baby Crib Safety 

With napping and Sleeping at night your child will spend a lot of time in their crib so it is important to make it both safe and comfortable.

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Crib Safety Tips

  • Help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by placing your child to sleep on their back
  • Make sure that the slats are all securely in place, are not cracked or splintered and they are no more than six centimeters apart 2-3/8 inches
  • Pin nothing on the headboard or footboard that the baby can be caught on E.G. decorative cutouts
  • Make sure there are no jagged or sharp edges in the crib
  • Make sure that both sides latch securely
  • Make sure that drop side latches are child proof
  • Make sure that there are no loose screws, or screws sticking out in the crib. If screws are missing it is important that they are accounted for as they are a choking hazard
  • Make sure that the crib sheet fits properly – do not use an adult sheet
  • Make sure that there are no gaps between the mattress and the crib walls
  • Make sure that the mattress is firm not soft
  • When your child can stand keep the mattress at its lowest level
  • Never keep things like comforters, adult pillows, throw pillows, infant donut pillows, blankets or soft toys in the crib
  • Be cautious with bumper pads – The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) attributed a number of deaths to the use of bumper pads in cribs and bassinets and recommend against using them
  • Make sure that anything hanging above the crib has a string less than 18 centimeters (7 inches)
  • When the baby is able to crawl on their hands and knees or turn five months old remove all mobiles to prevent strangulation
  • Make sure that there are no curtains or blind cords reachable from the crib

 

As A Further Safety Precaution

Just A Note

When child proofing any room you can double check by getting down on your hands and knees and looking at everything from a child’s perspective


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