Home > Child Safety Articles > 10 Safety Tips for a Safe Crib

Click Here to See Our Selection of Crib, Nursery, and Child Safety Products


10 Safety Tips for a Safe Crib

If the crib is safe, your baby will be safe. Here are some important tips for a safe crib:

. Check all crib hardware, tightening all nuts, bolts, and screws frequently. After a crib is moved, be sure all mattress support hangers are secure. Check hooks regularly to be sure none are broken or bent. Open hooks may allow the mattress to fall.

. Mattress support hangers should be secured by bolts or closed hooks. Check frequently to be sure they have not become disconnected. Never use a crib with broken or missing parts.

. Secure bumper pads around the entire crib and snap or tie in place at least one in each corner, in the middle of each long side, and on both the top and the bottom edges. Cut off any excess string length as these can tangle with the baby.

. Always lock the side rail in its raised position whenever you place your child in the crib. As soon as your child can stand up, adjust the mattress to its lowest position and remove the bumper pads. Also, remove any large toys because an active toddler will use anything for climbing out of the crib.

. Corner posts should be less than 1/16 inches high (1-1/2 mm) unless the crib has a canopy. Do not use a crib that has decorative knobs on corner posts. If you already have a crib with such knobs, the knobs should be unscrewed or sawed off flush with the headboard or footboard. Sand off splinters and sharp corners.

. Avoid older cribs with headboard and footboard designs that may allow an infant's head to become caught in the openings between the corner post and the top rail or in other openings in the top edge of the headboard structure. These openings may lead to strangulation.

. Use a crib that meets federal safety regulations and industry standards to make sure it has a tight-fitting mattress. Check the labeling on these products to make sure they meet safety requirements.

. Remove and destroy all plastic wrapping materials from the crib. Never use plastic bags as mattress covers. The plastic film may cling to a baby's face and cause suffocation.

To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death of infants and prevent suffocation, put your baby to sleep on his/her back in a crib on a firm, flat mattress. Make sure there is no soft bedding underneath your baby.

Related Information

Top 3 Buying Tips for Childrens Furniture

Keeping Your Child Safe in the Car










Do you want someone to
know about this page?
Use our Bookmark and Share
button to tell the world!

All Home Safety Products Bathroom Safety Doors & Windows Electrical Safety Electronics Emergency Lights First Aid Kits First Aid Supplies Gas Detection Daily Living Aids Kitchen Safety Outdoor Safety Survival Kits Water and Pool Safety All Child Safety Products Baby Gates Baby Monitors Bed Rails Car Seats Cribs and Beds All Fire Safety Products Fire Cabinets Smoke Alarms All Workplace Safety Products Hard Hats and Helmets Masks and Respirators Safety Clothing Safety Glasses Safety Vests Safety Signs Workplace First Aid Stations & Kits All Medical Supplies Diagnostic Products Canes, Wheelchairs & Walkers Patient Care and Room Equipment Physical Therapy Physician Supplies Footcare, Shoes, Clogs and Hosiery All Personal Safety Products Personal Alarms Pepper Spray Stun Guns All Home Security Cameras and Surveillance Dimmers, Lighting and Appliance Control Doors, Locks and Access Control Intercoms and Phones Security Sensors Timers and Automation