Crib Safety: What Parents Need to Know

Creating a safe sleep environment for baby is the best thing you can do to ensure they grow happy and healthy. Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for them. With some careful planning, naptime and nighttime can be a pleasant experience for both you and your baby. Here are some tips for making your baby’s sleep environment a safe one!

Things to look for when selecting a crib:

  1. Cribs are a popular hand-me-down product because they carry sentimental value. With the risk of hurting anyone’s feelings, it’s really important to check that the crib meets current safety standards, as there have been many advancements in crib safety in the last 10 years. When it comes to buying cribs it’s always safer to buy new.
  2. Don’t forget to look for the JPMA Certification Seal.  Products certified by JPMA are tested to the highest safety standards.

When using a crib:

  1. Never place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds or wall-mounted accessories with long cords. These are choking hazards for baby. This also includes baby monitors, which should be at least three feet away from baby’s crib.
  2. Make sure your crib mattress fits snugly in the crib. Baby can get trapped if there is a large gap between the mattress and crib.
  3. Never place pillows, quilts, comforters or stuffed animals in crib with baby, remember bare is best
  4. Place baby on their back to sleep, unless otherwise advised by pediatrician.

The safest place for a child to sleep is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib. When it comes to creating a safe sleep environment for your baby pick what’s right for your family, weigh your options and write out the pros and cons. For more on crib safety visit our page on cribs