Crib Safety Tips

Watch a safe sleep video featuring JPMA mom, Julie Vallese, as she shows you crib and nursery safety tips for your growing family. 

This first “home” should be cheerful and secure. Babies are at risk from suffocation or strangulation when they become trapped between broken crib parts related to wear and tear or incorrect assembly. In addition, many older cribs have unsafe designs and do not meet all current safety standards. Even if you are on a tight budget, you should not purchase an old crib at a garage sale or accept a hand-me-down that does not meet the current safety standards. 

Follow these guidelines to create a safe sleep environment for baby:

  • The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a fully functional, properly assembled, JPMA Certified crib. Before you use a crib, check to make sure the crib has not been recalled.
  • Crib Safety TipsYou should never purchase or use second hand cribs handed down from friends or family members as they may not meet the most current safety standards. 
  • Drop side cribs are no longer available for purchase and should NOT be used.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose or broken parts or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support. Check the stability and hardware on the crib often. Do not substitute hardware. Only use hardware obtained directly from the manufacturer.
  • Always use a properly fitting mattress as infants can suffocate in gaps between a poorly fitting mattress and the crib sides or ends.

Did you know research shows that placing baby to sleep on his or her back has reduced incidences of SIDS by 50% over the past 15 years?

  • Never leave items not intended for the crib hanging on the corner posts or sides of the crib. Babies can pull those items into the crib or become entangled in them.
  • When your child is able to pull to a standing position, set the mattress to the lowest position and remove bumper pads, large toys and other objects that could serve as steps for climbing out. It’s time to move your child to a toddler bed when he or she begins to climb out or reaches a height of 35 in. 
  • Never place the crib near windows where cords from blinds or drapes may strangle a child.
  • Mobiles should be removed from the crib when baby can push up on hands and knees or pull up to a standing position.
  • If using a baby monitor with cords, make sure all cords are out of arm's reach of your child. Never place any item in or on the crib that has cords, strings, etc. as babies can become entangled and strangle in these items.At least three feet away is where your monitor should stay.
  • Do not put a baby monitor in the crib, bassinet, or toddler bed.
  • Look for the JPMA Certification Seal.