Crib Safety

ABC's of Crib Safety

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A - Alone

  • Babies should not sleep on beds, sofas, recliners, chairs, with or without other with them.
  • Be sharing is not recommended, as this can cause unintentional suffocation, the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age. Nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed.
  • We know that stuffed animals, and all those cute accessories make a baby's crib seem warm and cozy. Unfortunately, they can often do more harm than good.
  • Crib bumpers might seem like they can help protect babies from drafts and bumps, but they pose a risk of suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment. Older babies can use them of climbing out of the crib. 
  • Pillows, bulky comforters, and heavy blankets do not belong in a crib; a baby can mother under them. 

B - Back

  • Lay your baby on his or her back to risk the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Babies do not need extra support, such as rolled blankets or commercial devices, to keep them on their backs.
  • Babies should always be placed on their backs, but if they're able to roll over on their own, you do not need to reposition them. 

C - Crib

  • Check that your crib meets safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, and has all the right parts. 
  • Consider more than just color when it comes to paint! The paint on older cribs might contain lead!
  • Cribs manufactured in 2013 or later meet all hardware guidelines.

 

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