Crib Maintenance and Storage
All new cribs on the market today must meet minimum government requirements. When a crib is assembled to the manufacturer’s instructions and used properly, it provides a safe and comfortable environment for baby. When properly cared for, cribs are intended to last for years.
To ensure the safety of your crib for current and future use follow these guidelines:
- For the safest product use, be sure to always read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions.
- Don’t forget to frequently inspect products for missing hardware, loose threads and strings, holes and tears.
- Check screws and bolts periodically to ensure they are tight and there are no missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or mattress support.
- Make sure there is no cracked or peeling paint, splinters or rough edges.
- Make sure all features of the product are in place securely.
- When storing your crib for future use, save the instructions and keep them with the crib. Often manufacturers post or attach instructions to the mattress platform so that they are easy to find when the crib is re-assembled for later use. Instructions can often be found on manufacturers website. Click here to find a listing of all JPMA Certified crib manufacturers.
- When storing your crib, keep all parts, together and labeled for future assembly.
- Do not try to repair the crib without manufacturer-approved hardware. Don’t substitute parts.
Did you know manufacturers often post or attach instructions to the mattress platform so they are easy to find when the crib is re-assembled for later use? Instructions can also be found on the manufacturer’s website.
Crib Durability and Lifespan
To ensure a proper lifespan of your crib, follow these tips:
- Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
- 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.
- Crib assembly is best completed before the baby arrives to ensure there are no missing parts and the crib is in working order.
- Read and follow all instructions and warnings provided with the crib. If the instructions are not clear or parts are missing, call the manufacturer or retailer. Under no circumstances should substitute or makeshift hardware be used.
- When disassembling crib for storage, retain all the parts and instructions. Store parts and instructions in a Ziploc bag and tape to the bottom of the crib.
- When reassembling crib, be sure you have all the parts.
- Do not substitute hardware.
- Always send in the product registration card that comes with every new crib (most crib manufacturers offer this service online as well). Returning the card ensures that the consumer will be notified if the crib is recalled.
- Check the crib often for missing hardware, loose screws or anything out of the ordinary. A consumer could even make it part of the routine to inspect the crib every time the sheet is changed.