Is Your Child’s Crib, Baby Hammock, Or Bassinet Safe? | Seattle Child Injury Lawyer
A number of recent recalls involving drop-side cribs, bassinets, baby hammocks, and side sleepers have many parents wondering whether or not their infant or toddler is safe while they sleep. A defective crib can lead to serious child injuries and even suffocation death – with dozens of fatal crib accidents occurring each decade. Just last months, three large recalls involving Stork Craft drop side cribs, Amby Baby Motion Hammocks and Simplicity Close Sleeper side sleepers cribs have many wondering about how they can protect their child from dangerous and defective infant and toddler products.
Here are some crib safety tips that can help ensure that your child is not injured in his or her bed:
• Be wary of buying used cribs – and if you do, make sure that they have never been recalled. Use a “soda can test” between the crib’s bars to make sure that the baby’s head or body cannot become stuck between them. Remember that crib safety standards have gone up in recent years and an older crib may not pass today’s standards even if it was never recalled. • Be wary of placing a new mattress in a crib or replacing a baby mattress. It is very important that the mattress fits the crib snugly in order to minimize suffocation risks. • Don’t use a soft mattress and don’t fill the crib with blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals. While you may think you are making your baby more comfortable, you may be introducing a number of suffocation risks. • When picking a sheet for your crib, pick something specifically made for use in your crib. A sheet that comes loose can also pose a suffocation risk.