Best used baby cribs: Safety & Comfort Guide
The CPSC says the best investment you can make for your baby is a crib that meets all of its standards. This is important because, according to the CPSC, cribs account for more infant
deaths than any other nursery item.
Best used baby cribs: Safety Checklist
- Corner posts should not extend more than 1⁄ 16 inches ( 1 1⁄ 2 mm) above the top of the end panel. Corner posts can be catch points for clothing or items placed around a child’s neck.
- Mattress support hangers should be secured by bolts or closed hooks. All crib hardware should be securely tightened and checked frequently.
- Bumper pads, if used, should
(a) fit around the entire crib
(b) tie or snap into place
(c) Have straps or ties at least in each corner, in the middle of each long side, and on both the top and the bottom edges. To prevent your baby from becoming entangled in the ties, trim off excess length after tying. Apply the bumpers until your child can pull up to a standing position, then lift them so that she will not use them to try to climb out of the crib.
- Remove and destroy all plastic wrapping materials. Never use plastic bags as mattress covers. The plastic film may cling to a baby’s face and cause suffocation.
If you have a used baby cribs and nursery furniture, be extra careful about safety features. Although you might love to have that antique cradle or your sister’s hand-me-down, keep in mind that the majority of cribs involved in fatal incidents were previously owned or used.
Parents and care- givers reported obtaining these used baby cribs as “hand-me-downs.” gifts from friends and relatives or by purchasing them at craigslist, eBay, and used baby cribs and furniture store. So, if you are using a hand-down crib, double-check for these safety factors:
- Use a crib that meets federal security regulations and voluntary industry standards and makes sure it has a tight-fitting mattress.(Check the labeling on these goods to make sure they meet safety requirements.)
- Replace any missing parts, such as screws, bolts, or mattress support hangers before placing your daughter in it. Make sure all screws or bolts are securely tightened. Any pin inserted into a wood part that cannot be tightened securely should be replaced by one that fits. On cribs where the bed support is suspended by hangers attached to hooks on the end panels, frequently check to be sure they have not become disconnected. Never use a crib with missing parts or broken.
- Use a mattress that fits snugly. If you can fit more than two fingers between the edge of crib side and the mattress, the bed is too small. An infant can suffocate if her body or head becomes wedged between the mattress and the crib sides.
- Avoid older cribs with footboard and headboard designs that may allow a baby’s head to get taken in the openings between the corner post and the top rail or in other openings
in top edge of the headboard structure. These opportunities may lead to strangulation.
- Corner posts should be less than 1 ⁄ 16 inches high (1 1 ⁄ 2 mm) unless the used baby cribs has a canopy. Do not use a crib with decorative knobs on corner posts. If you previously have a crib with such knobs, they should be unscrewed or sawed off flush with the headboard or footboard. Sand off splinters and sharp corners.
- Never use used baby cribs with missing slats or loose. Be sure that all slats are securely fastened in place, and the space between slats is no more than 2 3 ⁄ 8 inches (60 mm) to avoid head entrapment/strangulation.
- If you paint or refinish the crib, use only high-quality household lead-free enamel paint and let it drain thoroughly, so there are never residual fumes. Check the label on the paint can make sure the manufacturer does not recommend against using the paint on items such as cribs.
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