Crib Safety

Make sure your baby’s crib meets safety standards. It should have non-lead paint and a crib rail with bars no more than 2-3/8 inches or 6 centimeters apart. Check for anything in the crib construction that could cause your baby to get stuck or pinch her fingers. The crib should have a firm, flat mattress that fits snugly into the corners. Crib bumpers should also fit snugly and be secured with ties. Remove the bumpers when your child begins to pull herself up using the crib rails. Make sure the crib is not near window blind or curtain cords to prevent strangling. Keep the crib away from other furniture which the child may use to climb out of the crib. Her toys, pacifiers, bumpers and clothing should not have a dangling string longer than 8 inches or 20 centimeters. Consider using a baby intercom if the crib is not near your bedroom.