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How to Prevent Common Crib Injuries

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baby crib safetyEach year in the United States, nearly 10,000 babies under the age of 2 are treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in crib accidents, according to a study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. In 2011, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) changed its regulations regarding crib safety. However, despite safety regulations, crib manufacturers continue to market questionable designs, while many parents choose to reuse unsafe family heirloom cribs despite safety concerns.

Making Sure Your Baby’s Crib Is Safe

Before you choose a crib, it’s extremely important to know not only the safety features but also how to use the crib properly. We recommend taking the following steps to protect your baby:

  • Verify when the crib was made. Your crib should be manufactured after the 2011 regulations were mandated.
  • Measure slat distance. The distance between the slats should be no larger than a soda can (2 to 2.5 inches).
  • Check for a smooth finish. Cribs should never have cutouts or designs that could potentially cut your baby or catch his clothing. Painted cribs should also have smooth surfaces and contain no lead-based chemicals.         
  • Inspect the mattress size and shape. Ensure that the intended mattress is snug within the crib to prevent the possibility of your baby becoming wedged between the mattress and crib.
  • Make sure the crib does not have a drop side. All sides should either be nine inches (when the mattress pad is at its highest) or 26 inches (when the mattress is lowered) above the mattress to prevent the baby from rolling or falling out. 
  • Follow the assembly instructions. Never guess how the crib should be set up. Follow the instruction to the letter and your baby’s bed should be tight, secure, and cozy.
  • Maintain cleanliness. Keep the crib clear and clean by removing all soft bedding such as pillows, blankets, bumper pads, and stuffed toys from inside the crib as well as any toys or decorations that may be hanging from the crib with string or ribbon during use. You should also take this opportunity to ensure that the fitted sheet is tight and smooth.

For more information on common child injuries and injury claims, feel free to browse our extensive collection of blogs, library articles, and frequently asked questions to get the answers you need. After all, your child’s safety is worth an extra few minutes of your time.

The Andrew Kim Law Firm, PLLC, hopes we have opened your eyes to the importance of crib safety. We also hope that we have provided you with the information you need for peace of mind when it comes to your child’s sleeping environment.

Category: Kids Safety, Children Injuries and Accidents


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