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
- 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.