The following article offers recommendations for choosing a crib that meets current safety standards and implementing safe sleep practices for infants.
New Crib or old one?
Whether new or old, your crib should meet all current government safety standards:
If you have an older crib that was made before the new safety standards were put into place:
Whether the Crib is new or Older
Always use a firm, tight-fitting mattress. This will help keep the baby from getting trapped between the mattress and the crib.
Do a crib-safety check. There should be:
Using a Crib
Read and follow the directions to set up, use, and care for the crib.
Hanging crib toys (mobiles, crib gyms) should be out of the baby's reach.
Children should be taken out of a crib by the time they are 35 inches (90 centimeters) tall.
Safe Bedding for Children
Though it is rare, some babies die in their sleep without any known reason. This is known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
You can do many things to keep your baby safe during sleep and reduce the chance of a SIDS death.
DO NOT place your baby on a water bed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface.
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Review Date: 5/20/2018
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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