Crib Safety

Is Your Crib Safe?

With over 9,000 children injured and 50 children killed every year, there is a growing national awareness about the need to prevent crib-related injuries and deaths. As a parent or grandparent, please be aware that a crib with the following hazards can injure or kill a child:

Is your crib safe
  • No corner posts that extend above end panels so a baby cannot catch clothing and strangle.
  • No more than 2-3/8 inches between crib slats so a baby’s body cannot fit through the slats.
  • A firm, snug-fitting mattress so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • Mattress supports must not easily pull apart from the corner posts so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the crib.
  • No missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
  • No cracked or peeling paint to prevent lead poisoning. No splinters or rough edges.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or footboard so a baby’s head cannot get trapped.