March 26, 2010, Newsletter Issue #164: Crib Safety

Tip of the Week

When buying your baby's crib, safety is the most important factor. It can get quite overwhelming when trying to choose the right crib, so here is a list that should help you when out shopping for one:

Make sure the crib you choose is sturdy all the way around
Test the crib while at the store. Check to make sure the railings are stable and that all the latches and locks are easy to open for an adult, but hard to get to for a baby.
Thoroughly scrutinize the crib for any pointy or edges or sharp
Check to make sure that the crib bars are less than 2 3/8 inches apart so that the baby's head or body can't get trapped between them.
Get a crib that will grow along with your child; make sure the mattress height is adjustable and that the side bars can be removed once your child reaches 3 or 4 years of age.

Place the crib in secure area of the nursery, make sure there are no curtains falling into the crib, or other furniture that the baby could use for leverage once he can stand. Put it next to the wall away from other furniture and objects.
*You can check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's website to check for any recalls and to look for all safety issues to be aware of when buying a baby's crib.

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