Baby Crib Safety Standards
Parents often spend a lot of time, money and energy on finding the perfect crib for their child—a crib that will match the nursery they have designed for their baby and is both beautiful and comfortable. However, even though parents spend so much of their valuable resources into deciding the perfect crib, they sometimes omit what should be the most obvious —crib safety.
There are two ways of viewing baby crib safety. One part of it is the construction of the crib and the materials used in it and another part of it is how you use the crib.
Pregnancy And Baby Care Questions
While the construction and material of the crib is something that you may not have control over, you can use the crib in a manner which ensures safety for your young one.
Baby Crib Safety Ideas and tips
- Have a firm fitting mattress or bedding which will easily fit into the crib. The mattress should be carefully fastened to the base of the crib so that the baby doesn’t get caught in it while turning around or playing.
- Always lay your baby down in a crib on its back.
- Try to keep the crib as uncluttered as you possibly can so that the baby has room to move around.
- Use a sleeper specially made for infants. Using a blanket can be hazardous because it can cause the baby to choke. However, if you do use a blanket, tuck the blanket from all sides so that the baby doesn’t get caught up in the blanket.
- You can use a crib safety net or a crib tent which can be fasted around all the four corners of the crib. This should be installed in accordance to the crib safety standards so that if your baby is feeling especially frisky, it does not fall out of the crib.
Things to keep in mind while buying a baby crib
- Check the cribs closely for any wrong assembly. If the crib has a loose or broken slat, do not buy it or get it replaced immediately.
- Check all the hardware thoroughly and ensure that it is assembled correctly and nothing is broken or missing.
- Check all the screws and brackets for their fastness and firmness.
- The slats should be assembled close enough to prevent the baby from sliding through them.
- There should be no cutouts from which the baby can fall and no jutting structure in which the baby’s clothing may get caught.