As a mother, you want your baby to have the most peaceful slumbers and a night full of beautiful dreams. Babies spend most of their time, especially their long nights, in their cribs. You want, then, to have that unaltered confidence that your little angel is safe even when your eyes are closed to rest. While your baby’s comfort is essential, safety measures for cribs must be your top priority.
Four Types of Crib Risks
The basic safety measures for cribs must address four causes of dangers, namely: strangulation, fall, entrapment and suffocation. You may be thinking of buying one of the appealing wooden and iron cribs in the baby section of your favorite department store, but you have to first know what to look for.
A general rule of the thumb is to erase hand-me-down cribs from the list as these are not considered safe. There’s a tendency that old cribs may have broken, loosen or missing parts. There may also be uneven and rough edges that could cut your baby’s skin. Chipped paints can also be present in old cribs, and these can be swallowed by infants.
Exception to the Rule:
However, if you really want to use an old crib because it maybe has a sentimental value to you, then you have to make sure that all the parts are complete. Strip off chipped paint and have the crib repainted.
Ensuring Your Baby’s Safety In His Crib
Here are the safety measures for cribs if you decide to buy a new one:
- The first thing you should check on is the safety standards of the crib. It must have been approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This only means that it has passed all the requirements of the commission for all the set safety measures for cribs.
- The crib slats should be close enough to prevent your baby’s head, hand or foot from slipping through the gaps and get these body parts, especially the head, stuck. The recommended standard distance between slats is about a soda can size, which is approximately less than 2 3/8 inches.
- Corner posts should not be more than 1/16 of an inch in height. Otherwise, clothing can catch on these posts and choke or injure your baby. CPSC has actually required that the corner posts must be equal with the panels’ end or high enough to be used as canopy.
- As babies grow up and stand and move on their own, you would not want them to fall off from the crib. So, look for a crib with an adjustable mattress height.
- Shake the crib when you are still at the store to check whether or not it has a good stability. Wobbling cribs can injure and be very dangerous to active babies.
- Your baby should be able to snuggle freely inside the crib, so it must be spacious. A standard space should be at least 51.75 inches in length and 27.75 in width. You wouldn’t want your baby to be trapped inside the crib and suffocate.
Most cribs in the market have passed the mandatory requirements on safety measures for cribs set by CPSC. Just be sure to have looked for the label.