Crib & Toy Tips for Baby

Last Editorial Review: 12/11/2000

Serious injuries and even deaths of babies occur each year that are entirely avoidable. Here are some valuable safety tips for your baby.


Toy Tips

If you are going to have baby toys in your baby's crib remember:

  • 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 crib.
  • 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.

Crib Tips

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.
  • There should be no corner posts over 1/16 inch high. This prevents a baby's clothing from catching on the post - a strangulation risk.
  • 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)

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