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Crib Safety

The safest place for an infant or child to sleep is in a fully functional, properly assembled, JPMA certified: crib, bassinet, cradle, play yard, or toddler bed.

Creating a safe sleep environment for baby is the best thing you can do to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. Each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. The safest place for a child to sleep is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib.

While every family is unique, it’s best to determine your best sleep plan and what’s right for your entire family. The practice of co-sleeping, or sharing a bed 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.

With some careful planning, naptime and nighttime can be a pleasant experience for both you and your baby. Make every night a safe night!

Follow these guidelines to create a safe sleep environment for baby:

  • The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a fully functional, properly assembled, JPMA Certified crib. Before you use a crib, check to make sure the crib has not been recalled.
  • You should never purchase or use second hand cribs handed down from friends or family members as they may not meet the most current safety standards. 
  • Drop side cribs are no longer available for purchase and should NOT be used.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose or broken parts or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support. Check the stability and hardware on the crib often. Do not substitute hardware. Only use hardware obtained directly from the manufacturer.
  • Always use a properly fitting mattress as infants can suffocate in gaps between a poorly fitting mattress and the crib sides or ends.


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