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Crib Safety

When planning your baby nursery, it is important to keep baby crib safety in mind. Your baby's crib should meet all of the baby crib safety standards listed here:

  • The space between the bars of the crib should be no more than 2 3/8 inches wide. If you are able to pass a can of soda through the bars, they are too wide. If the can of soda can pass through, your baby's head can fit through as well causing them to get stuck or strangled.

  • The mattress should have no more than 1/2 inch between the side of the crib and the edge of the mattress. If you can fit more than 2 fingers into the gap, the mattress is not the proper fit. A tighter fit is better than having a gap.

  • Cribs should have smooth corners. If they have a raised corner posts that is more than 1/16th of an inch, create a hazard for choking if your baby's clothes get hooked on it. Corner posts larger than 1/16th of an inch must be retrofit to remove the hazard.

  • Cribs with a canopy or high posts must have posts that are more than sixteen inches from the end panels of the crib to prevent a hazard for the baby.

The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA) warns that nearly 50 infant deaths occur each year due to the use of broken cribs or older, possibly heirloom, cribs. Using a crib that was handed-down or bought at a garage sale may not be worth the risk. Put your child's safety first by following the safety standards set by the Consumer Products Safety Commision in 1990. Cribs manufactured before 1990 may not satisfy these standards.



   


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