Crib & Toy Tips for Baby
Serious injuries and even deaths of babies occur
each year that are entirely avoidable. Here are some valuable safety tips for
If you are going to have baby toys in your baby's
- Remove crib gyms and mobiles from the crib
when your baby begins to push up on his/her hands and knees.
- No strings or cords should dangle into the
- Keep balloons and toys with small parts away
from your baby to help prevent choking and suffocation.
- Any item smaller than 1.68 inches in diameter
(a little larger than a golf ball) is a choking hazard.
It is also very important to make your baby's
crib safe. Here are some crib safety notes to remember.
- Check to make sure there are no missing or
broken slats. This prevents the baby from getting trapped between the crib
parts, causing possible suffocation or strangulation.
should be no corner posts over 1/16 inch
high. This prevents a baby's clothing from catching on the post - a
- No cut-out designs in the headboard or
footboard. This prevents entrapments.
- Check to ensure there are no missing or broken
pieces on the cribs hardware.
- The slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches
apart (so a soda can won't fit through the slats). This prevents a baby's
body from slipping through the slats and possibly entrapping his/her head.
- The crib mattress should be firm and
tight-fitting. This prevents a baby from becoming trapped between the mattress
and the side of the crib.
(Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission Safe
Nursery Publication) Last Editorial Review: 12/11/2000 2:32:00 PM