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Tips for Keeping Your Baby's Crib Safe And Secure

August 23rd, 2013 Bed and Bath

For small children, cribs should be the safest places in the world. There are some steps you may want to take in order to make sure your little one's sleeping station remains as secure as possible.

BabyCenter notes that newly manufactured cribs must meet current regulatory standards for safety. However, used cribs may not be up to code. Because of this, parents may want to purchase a crib that has been manufactured within the past few years. If you're accepting a gracious hand-me-down from a friend or relative, check the year the crib was made to make sure it complies with current regulation standards.

The source also advises moms and dads to make sure that there's less than 2.37 inches of space between bars, and adults shouldn't be able to fit more than two fingers between the mattress and the side of a crib. Bumper pads in cribs should stay in place only until the child starts moving around. In addition, cribs should be located a safe distance from windows, heaters, lamps, wall decorations, cords, furniture or anything a child could conceivably climb on.

Offering an extensive guide to baby sleep safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says heavy blankets, plush toys, pillows, carrying devices and any other objects should be removed from cribs during a child's sleepy time. Thin blankets are okay, but footie pajamas may be best for keeping a baby warm. Babies should always sleep on their backs, and shouldn't nap on waterbeds, sofas or any other cushioned surfaces.