You need to ensure your child’s safety in every room of your house, but it is especially important in your bedroom and nursery. The majority of the time we spend in these rooms is spent when sleeping, which means that we are not actively watching our children. So to help you rest a little easier, read our tips for making your room and nursery safe for your child.
Remember: The safest way for your baby to sleep is Alone, on the Back, in a Crib.
We recommend that your baby share a room with you for at least the first 6 months of life, or ideally for the first year.
Your baby should NEVER sleep in the same bed with you. This is called bed sharing. This can increase the risk of death by up to 40 times. Follow the link below to learn more about bed-sharing vs. room-sharing!
New crib safety standards have changed what parents need to keep their baby safe while sleeping.
Since 1995, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has been recommending that crib slats should be no further apart than 2 3/8 inches.
A can of soda should NOT be able to fit between the slats.
This standard renders bumper pads unnecessary. Read more about bumper pads here.
As of 2011, drop-side cribs have been banned in the United States. They were dangerous because infant died after becoming trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
For more information about crib safety visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/cribs
Other crib safety recommendations:
- There should not be any broken, missing, or even loose parts on your crib. Check to make sure all hardware is properly installed before use.
- There should be no peeling or cracked paint on the crib.
- There should not be any cutout sections on the head or foot boards.
- Never place your crib near a window, curtains, or blinds. The cords may pose a strangulation hazard if not properly tied up.
- Mobiles should be removed once the baby can sit up. If the mobile falls into the crib, it can become a strangulation hazard.
Changing Table Safety
- Be sure that your changing table is sturdy.
- It should have a railing on all sides.
- The middle should be curved inward so that it is lower than the sides.
- The table should have a safety belt. Always use the strap appropriately.
- Do not leave your child unattended.
- Keep your eyes and at least one hand on your baby at all times while using the table.
- Make sure that you keep diapers and wipes close enough for your to reach without having to leave your child unattended.