BABY SAFETY INFORMATION: A Must Read
Liz and Roo cares about the safety and welfare of your baby. We highly recommend reading the safety information that is provided by the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
- Infants should always sleep in a crib. The risk of death goes up 40 times for an infant while sleeping in an adult bed instead of a crib that meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
- All new cribs must meet the CPSC crib safety standards established in 2011. If possible, it’s always recommended that you purchase a new crib to assure that these standards are met.
- Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s web site before use to make sure that your crib has not been recalled and to get more information about crib safety.
- Follow the original manufacturer’s instructions for assembly. If instructions are missing, locate the manufacturer and model number (usually found on an inside panel of either end) and contact the manufacturer before trying to assemble the crib.
- Once assembly is complete, place the instructions in an envelope, write the manufacturer’s phone number on the outside, and secure it to the mattress support.
- Be very cautious with used and hand-me-down cribs. Make sure they meet the current crib safety standards.
- Make sure that only original or approved replacement assembly hardware, bolts and screws are used on your crib.
- Never use a crib that has missing or broken parts, and do not try to repair any part of the crib without the manufacturer’s approved hardware and instructions.
- Drop-side cribs can no longer be legally manufactured or sold in the U.S. Many have been recalled. Visit your manufacturer’s web site or the CPSC product recall page to find out what to do if your crib has been recalled.
- Crib spindles and slats should not be loose or missing. They should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart to keep baby’s head from getting trapped between them.
- Cribs should be placed on inside walls during cold-weather months.
- Keep the crib away from windows, especially window blind cords which can pose a strangulation hazard.
- Better yet, replace all old blinds and drapery hardware with cordless options.
- Cribs should not have any cutouts in the headboard or footboard, since these could also allow your baby’s head to become trapped.
- There should be no decorative knobs or corner posts that stick out more than 1/16”.
Crib accessories & bedding
- Crib mattresses should be firm and fit snugly. You should not be able to put more than two fingers width, or one-inch, between the crib side and the edge of the mattress. This is to keep your baby from becoming trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
- Most cribs offer a selection of heights for the spring holding the mattress. The highest position is for newborns. Lower to second position when the baby can sit. Move to the lowest position when your baby can pull up or stand.
- Only fitted sheets made for crib mattresses, a mattress pad and/or waterproof pad should be used under your baby in the crib.
- JPMA recommends, "If your baby is under 6 months old, pillows, quilts, blankets, stuffed animals, dolls, soft toys and sheep skins should be removed from the crib while your baby is sleeping". These can cause suffocation and/or overheating, which are thought to be leading causes of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends "Wait until your baby is at least 12 months old". According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), soft bedding in a crib – like blankets and pillows – increases of the risk of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Safe alternatives to blankets are sleepers, sleep sacks, and wearable blankets. While these are conflicting guidelines, the point is clear - do not put anything in the crib with your newborn!
- Do not put pillows in the crib. Parents can safely start using pillows for children who are 1½ years old, about the same age at which parents can safely move children out of the crib and either into a toddler bed or onto a mattress on the floor
- There is quite a bit of controversy around the safety of crib bumpers. The City of Chicago and the state of Maryland have banned their use, and others are studying the issue. Although a formal federal investigation is still under review, a representative of the CPSC is on the record as saying “bare is best.” We leave that decision to each individual family.
- A wearable blanket or other sleeper of this type should be used instead of a quilt or blanket in the crib. HALO makes a great sleeper.
- Do not hang wall hangings, pictures or shelves above the crib where they can fall on or be pulled down by the baby.
- Accessories and mobiles are fine as long as they are secure and out of the reach of your child.
- Remove any mobiles from over the crib when your baby starts pulling up in the crib.