Is Your Baby’s Crib Safe? Must know Crib Safety Tips!

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We all want the safest sleeping environment for our baby. But Is Your Baby’s Crib Safe? Check out some  Must know Crib Safety Tips!
We all want the safest sleeping environment for our baby. But Is Your Baby's Crib Safe? Check out some  Must know Crib Safety Tips!

Crib Safety Tips

There’s a good chance right now you’re looking for ways to baby proof your house. You’re covering light sockets and blocking staircases, but one of the biggest dangers may be overlooked.

Your baby will spend a lot of time in their new crib, which means it’s a safety hot spot. Babies need 12-16 hours of sleep a day in order to help their brains and bodies develop. But getting all those hours of sleep isn’t easy.

We’ve all struggled to overcome sleep problems, but there are a lot of dangers we can prevent. If you want your baby’s sleep environment to be as safe as possible use the tips below.

Reduce the Risk of SIDS With the Right Mattress

Even if you follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) advice and put your baby to sleep on their back, they could still roll over in the middle of the night. Most of the time rollovers end up posing no risk, but why take any chances?

A breathable, firm mattresses like the Newton Crib Mattress have been shown to reduce suffocation risk. Until I read the reports, I had no idea how big a difference the crib mattress makes. If you splurge on one item make it a high-quality crib mattress.

The fit of the mattress is also important. The mattress should fit the crib precisely so that there are no gaps anywhere.

If You’re Not Handy, Have a Professional Put the Crib Together

There are great sites like TaskRabbit and Angie’s List where you can find people in your area that can handle odd jobs. Handyman work is among the most commonly requested and provided services online.

You can find plenty of professionals who can put the crib together for you. That way you know it was done correctly and there’s no need to invest in new tools.

Safe Crib Construction

Finding someone to put the crib together is just half the battle. The crib itself needs to have safe components and construction. Safe crib construction means:

  • Slats are 2” apart or less
  • Corner posts should sit flush with end panels
  • Firmly secured hardware
  • Wood that’s free of splits and cracks
  • No sharp edges or rough spots

There are a few crib designs that are no longer considered safe. Crib designs to bypass altogether include:

  • Drop-down sides
  • Headboards and footboards with decorative cut-outs

Those two types of cribs are no longer made because they don’t meet modern safety standards. If you get a handy-me-down crib with drop-down sides or decorative cut-outs, it’s best to keep it as an heirloom and get a new crib for daily use.

Check the Paint or Finish

Even if the crib is constructed well, the decorative exterior could pose a safety hazard. Lead paint isn’t a concern with new cribs, but if you’re using an antique that was passed down for generations it could be an issue.

With new cribs. you’ll want to make sure the paint or stain is low- or no-VOC. That means the paint off-gasses fewer toxins that are released into the air.

See if the Crib Meets Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Standards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a set of standards for cribs that help parents gauge safety. They are the minimum requirements that manufacturers must abide by when building their cribs. Retailers that sell cribs are also held to federal standards.

Choose the Crib Location Carefully

Now that you’ve got your safe crib built and in the nursery, you need to decide where it should go. Where you put the crib is just as important as the construction in terms of safety. The crib should never be put in arm’s reach of a window or draperies. It should also be well away from wall-mounted decor and cords.

Another mistake is to hang a mobile directly over the crib. You don’t want the baby to get curious and start grabbing on the mobile once they’re able to stand up.

By carefully selecting your crib products and where the crib is located you can sleep a little easier at night knowing your little one is sleeping soundly. Sweet dreams!




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  • Reply Linda Manns Linneman

    This is such great advice. We always need to make sure our little ones are safe. I have a young friend who is expecting her first child. I will be sharing this with her. God Bless

    January 21, 2018 at 7:40 am
  • Reply Ulina Grondin

    I’m glad I read this, wedont have a crib with drop down sides but we used to a long time ago. I didn’t even know they weren’t considered safe. Good to know for future babies!

    January 20, 2018 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply MD Kennedy

    Great tip on having a pro put the crib together….thank you!

    January 17, 2018 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Ashley Chassereau Parks

    We were so careful with our oldest to baby proof everything right down to the crib. We had mesh bumpers/padding on the rails & an organic/firm mattress. The funny thing is, she never ended up sleeping a night in it. lol

    January 16, 2018 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    Seriously SUCH important things to look at!! We were so careful with ours and my son still got random body parts stuck in the slats lol!! Also, make entirely sure if you have a used crib that it’s not damaged or a drop side crib!! So important!

    January 16, 2018 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply megan a

    The rules are ever changing! Thanks for the info 🙂

    January 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Lauryn R

    Very informative and helpful post, thank you so much for sharing! All of my kids are no longer in cribs, but I do remember those days well. My first daughter actually had a crib that was recalled later on (it was the type where one side came down, I don’t believe they make them this way at all anymore) so we ended up getting rid of it instead of using it for our son when it was born.

    January 16, 2018 at 1:55 pm
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