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Crib Safety Tips - Use
Your Crib Safely
For infants under 12
months of age, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission recommends that you follow these
practices to prevent suffocation and keep your baby safe:
Place baby on his/her back in a crib with a firm,
Do not put pillows, quilts, comforters,
sheepskins, pillow-like bumper pads or pillow-like
stuffed toys in the crib.
Consider using a sleeper instead of a blanket.
If you do use a blanket, place baby with feet to foot of
the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress,
covering baby only as high as his/her chest.
Use only a fitted bottom sheet specifically made for crib
A Safe Sleeping
Environment For Your Baby
Crib for Safety:
A firm, tight-fitting mattress so a baby cannot
get trapped between the mattress and the crib.
No missing, loose, broken or improperly installed
screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or
No more than 2 3/8 inches (about the width of a
soda can) between crib slats so a baby's body
cannot fit through the slats; no missing or
No corner posts over 1/16th inch high so a baby's
clothing cannot catch.
No cutouts in the headboard or foot board so a
baby's head cannot get trapped.
For mesh-sided cribs or play yards, look for:
Mesh less than 1/4 inch in size, smaller than the
tiny buttons on a baby's clothing.
Mesh with no tears, holes or loose threads that
could entangle a baby.
Mesh securely attached to top rail and floor
Top rail cover with no tears or holes.
If staples are used, they are not missing, loose
Be sure to also see Soft Bedding May Be
Hazardous To Babies.
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