Is Your Baby's Crib Safe? Most Crib Problems Are Due To Stuff Parents Do, But Shouldn't. Make Sure Your Baby Is Sleeping Safe.
Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) joined three child safety organizations at NewYork Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital...
Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) joined three child safety organizations at NewYork Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to release “Safe Sleep for Babies,” a new crib safety video aimed at helping all new parents avoid suffocation, strangulation and entrapment risks in their baby's sleep environment. The new campaign comes as no surprise after literally millions of drop-side crib recalls over the last five years, have parents frantic about baby sleep safety. This education effort is part of CPSC's Safe Sleep Initiative which includes the development of new crib standards, warnings about drop-side cribs, sleep positioners and infant slings. CPSC notes that the education is necessary as baby cribs are a leading cause of nursery product-related deaths. About one-third of the deaths result from structural failures of the crib from loose, missing, or detached hardware. However, parent know-how can go far, as a vast majority of deaths in cribs are attributed to the presence of extra bedding in the crib, such as pillows and comforters that parents place in the crib. The CPSC is passing along the following tips to all expecting and new parents.
- Place infants to sleep on their backs
- Use a firm, tight-fitting mattress
- Never use extra padding, blankets or pillows under baby
- Remove pillows or thick comforters
- Do not use positioning devices – they are not necessary and can be deadly
- Regularly check cribs for loose, missing or broken parts or slats
- Do not try to fix a broken crib
- Place cribs or playpens away from windows and window covering cords to avoid fall and strangulation hazards
- Place baby monitor cords away from cribs or playpens to avoid strangulation