Baby Cribs Safety Standards
Does your crib meet all Baby Cribs Safety Standards?
Using a new crib is usually the safest choice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use older or used one. You have to know baby cribs safety standards and find out if the older crib meets them. New or used one, both need to reach certain baby crib safety requirements and provide a good sleeping environment for your baby. Be aware that the best area for a newborn crib, is next to parents bed, at least for the first months of baby life.
Safety requirements for old cribs
If you are getting a used crib, check it with extra care. First, find out if the crib has an unsafe design or any missing or broken parts. Check it thoroughly, before using it! Broken parts are not safe for your baby and you should replace or repair them to reach baby cribs safety standards. The crib shouldn’t be modified and have any loose component, as the infant can strangle to death if his body passes through gaps.
Second, find out if the old crib hasn’t been recalled by the manufacturer. You can find the data on the CPSC site in the recall section. CPSC is an abbreviation for Consumer Product Safety Commission.
CPSC is an independent agency of the United States government. The CPSC seeks to promote the safety of consumer products by addressing “unreasonable risks” of injury, doing research into product-related illness and injury, and developing CPSC safety standards.
Baby Cribs Safety Standards For New Cribs
1. The same as with the older cribs, unfortunately, because of a certain issue, companies can recall new ones too. Your first step is to make sure, that didn’t happen. Check, that your crib meets CPSC crib safety standards and hasn’t been recalled.
2. Because of numerous injuries and death, Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the sale of the cribs with a side that drops down. The framework has to be with wide and solid feet! No dropping side!
3. The mattress should be firm and fit tight in the crib. You can make two simple tests to check both requirements:
– Firmness: Press on the mattress with your hand. If mattress holds firm and spring back in place quickly, its firm enough.
– Fitting: Make sure there is a room for no more than two fingers between the side of the crib and the edge of the mattress. Use mums not dads fingers, if he has big hands. That way your baby can’t slip in and get trapped between the mattress and crib side.
4. Next thing you need to look after is a distance between the crib slats. Your baby body shouldn’t fit through the slats, so the wide between them can’t be more than 2 3/8 inches.
5. Check for sharp edges and rough areas. You need to secure screws firmly, so they won’t catch baby clothes, pinch them or otherwise injure your baby. The cribs wood should also not have cracks or splits.
6. Teething on the rails is very natural for the baby. So, it is important to choose cribs with a non-toxic finish. If the crib is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) or GREENGUARD Gold certified it has no toxic chemicals or toxic paint. Be careful in using any third party teething rails.
7. Be sure that you assemble crib correctly and you followed the provided instructions. If you are not sure, look for an additional instruction, or even better, call the manufacturer for assistance. Every part has to be installed correctly. In the end, check the stability of the crib. Give it a good shake and if it wobbles, it may not be put together properly.
8. Cribs usually have adjustable mattress highs. Your back will be really grateful for that! As baby grows, adjustable highs allow you to move mattress lower, to prevent him from climbing, rolling and falling out of the crib. Crib sides should be always at least 26 inches higher than a mattress.
JPMA certification means that a baby product has been tested by an independent facility and met the guidelines set by standards developer ASTM International.
ASTM is an abbreviation for American Society for Testing and Materials. It is a standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.
GREENGUARD Certification ensures that a product has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air.
Using Crib Safely
Meeting all baby cribs safety standards is not just purchasing a safe crib, but using it correctly too.
Additional baby crib safety requirements:
- Never put pillows, blankets, and sheepskins in babies sleep environment, to prevent suffocation.
- If you use position devices, use them carefully in accordance with the instructions.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warned against using bumper pads. If you decide to use them anyway, use breathable materials, which fit firmly around the crib.
- Also, avoid putting plush toys and any comforters in the crib with your baby.
- Be careful that the cord from a baby monitor is not close to the crib, as baby can strangle or choke.
- Try to keep it away from blinds and windows or anything else that baby when he gets a bit older can pull down. Blinds or curtain cords on a baby rich can suffocate him/her. Also, this measurement prevents your baby from falling through the window.
- Regularly check for loose or broken screws, bolts, and mattress support. You won’t forget about it, if you check them, every time you change the sheets.
Other Safety Measurements
- Always place your baby in the crib on his or her back.
- The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed.
- Remove bibs and necklaces from your babies neck, before putting your baby in the crib.
- Keep a smoke-free zone around your baby. Not just for sleeping, always!
- Do not over cloth your baby while sleeping. Baby should be warm, but not hot to the touch.
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