Baby Crib Safety Tips

This first “home” should be cheerful and secure. Each year, approximately 50 babies suffocate or strangle when the baby becomes trapped between broken baby crib parts or in baby cribs with older, unsafe designs. Many older baby cribs, including the one that was used for you or your younger children, do not meet all current safety standards. Even if you are on a tight budget, you should not purchase an old baby crib at a garage sale or accept a hand-me-down that does not meet the following guidelines: 

Tips for Selecting Products 

  • Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a baby crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the crib mattress and the baby crib side. Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the crib mattress and the side of the baby crib.
  • No pillow-like bumpers.
  • Look for the JPMA Certification Seal.

Tips for Use

  • Remember to ALWAYS keep the drop side up when the baby is in the baby crib.
  • NEVER place the baby crib near windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • Baby cribs with slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart, and none should be loose or missing.
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they're over 16” high for a canopy). Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts. These should be unscrewed or sawed off, and the remaining end panel should be sanded smooth.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or foot board so baby's head cannot get trapped.
  • ALWAYS use a crib sheet that fits securely on the mattress, wraps around the mattress corners and stays securely on the mattress corners.
  • No cracked or peeling paint on baby cribs.
  • No splinters or rough edges on baby cribs.
  • Use bumper pads on baby cribs only until the child can pull up to a standing position. Then remove them so baby cannot use the pads to climb out of the crib.
  • Mobiles should also be removed when baby can pull himself or herself up.
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, water beds, beanbags, or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep.

For Babies Under 12 Months…

  • Normal, healthy infants should ALWAYS sleep on their backs unless otherwise advised by a pediatrician.
  • Only a fitted sheet, mattress pad, and/or waterproof pad should be used under baby.
  • When baby is put to sleep, remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys, and other pillow-like products from the crib.
  • Cover baby with a thin covering, such as a crib blanket, receiving blanket or other blankets specifically designed for infants, only reaching as far as baby's chest, and tuck the covering around the crib mattress. For newborns, consider swaddling.
  • Do not overdress your baby. Consider using a sleeper, sleep sack, or other sleep clothing as an alternative to any covering.

For more information about safety of baby cribs visit the JPMA web site

Although aesthetic appeal and price are key issues that are considered by our design staff, these points clearly take a back seat to product safety. The first steps in our design process are to assure compliance with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. From there, we are always on the outlook for any other potential safety issues which may not be addressed by those standards. Our commitment and dedication to product safety is your assurance that Child Craft products are the safest on the market.

Each Child Craft crib meets or exceeds the industry standards set by the Consumer Safety Commission (CPSC), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers' Association (JPMA).

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