By Nicole Pelletiere
In addition to being cozy and adorable, your baby’s nursery also has to be secure. Here’s the nursery safety tips every parent needs to know to keep your little one happy and healthy.
Nursery safety tip #1: Check that crib
Since he spends a lot of time snoozing in it, a secure crib is essential to help your baby sleep safely. Choose a firm baby crib mattress with a tight-fitting sheet, and skip the cute toys and pillows, which could pose suffocation or strangulation hazards, says Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. As for the crib itself, steer clear of the following:
- Sharp or jagged edges
- Missing, broken, or loose parts, or loose hardware
- Cut-out designs in the headboard or footboard
- Crib slats more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the width of a soda can, Carr says)
- Corner post extensions over 1/16 of an inch high
- Gaps larger than two fingers’ width between the sides of the crib and the baby crib mattress
- Drop-side latches
- Stuffed animals, blankies, and bumpers. Remember: Bare is best!
Good to know: All cribs on the market today are required to meet these standards. But older cribs and secondhand models could still be suspect. If you’re unsure whether your baby’s crib makes the grade, research its recall history at recalls.gov.