First 5 LA Safety Check: Cribs
Are you using an antique or used crib? If so, make sure that it is safe for your child by following these recommendations:
- Replace your crib if it has a drop-side rail, or consider using a portable play yard. In 2011, new federal safety standards stopped the manufacture and sale of drop-side rail cribs, and recalled more than 10 million cribs with this device, which poses a risk for infants.
- Ensure that crib slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart so your child’s head won’t get caught.
- Make sure the top of the crib rail is at least 26 inches from the top of the mattress; lower it as your child grows.
- Make sure the mattress is firm and fits snugly within the crib walls.
- Avoid crib bumpers, which increase the risk of suffocation and strangulation, and may increase the likelihood of your child climbing out of the crib.
- Avoid placing toys, stuffed animals, pillows, bulky comforters and heavy blankets in cribs, as they increase the risk of suffocation.
- Once your child is about three feet tall, make sure they start sleeping in a bed or on a floor mattress.
- Make sure all fabrics in your baby’s room are flame retardant.
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