September Tips of the Month: Baby Cribs
Are the slats less than 2
⅜ inches and secure? The corner posts
should never be any higher than the end panels. Make sure the
mattress fits correctly in the crib and has no holes in it.
Stuffed animals should be removed. There should be nothing in
the crib but the baby - no heavy blankets, comforters, or large
stuffed animals, since these items may obstruct the baby's
airway. Make sure the crib is not near any windows,
electrical outlets, lamps, etc. Mobiles over the crib should be
removed once the baby is able to pull him/herself up.
Check to make sure the
baby's pacifier is in good condition. Be sure it isn't pulling
apart. Never use string to attach the pacifier to baby's clothes
Is the sleepwear fire
retardant? Check labels to be sure. Do not use liquid fabric
softeners as this will decrease the effectiveness of flame
retardant in the clothing.