Topic of the Month

January 2013
Safe Sleep Basics: Part 2- Did You Know?

Hopefully you read Safe Sleep Basics: Part 1 in November and got answers to a variety of questions on a safe sleep environment for your baby.

But did you know? Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children.

Bottom line~ The safest place for a child is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib.

Here are a few other important facts you may or may not already know when it comes to crib safety:

Did you know most crib complaints involve secondhand or used cribs misassembled or modified with makeshift hardware?

Did you know homemade remedies or fixes to cribs are NOT a safe alternative?

Did you know age is a factor in the safety of any crib? At a minimum, the CPSC recommends that you not use a crib that is older than 10 years.

Did you know the safest place for an infant to sleep is in a crib that is JPMA certified, which means it meets government AND industry standards?

Did you know manufacturers often post or attach instructions to the mattress platform so they are easy to find when the crib is re-assembled for later use? Instructions can also be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Did you know you should be closely inspecting the hardware and stability of your crib to ensure all parts are in place and secure when assembling and reassembling your crib?

Did you know the practice of bed sharing with your infant, is controversial, a personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly? It’s important to weigh the pros and cons, and consider room sharing as a safer alternative.

 

For more Did You Know facts, visit www.cribsafety.org!