What about cribs that we borrow/rent from hotels and resorts?
· Child-care facilities, hotels, and other institutions which provide cribs will have until December 28th, 2012 to comply with the new regulations
What if I have a drop-side crib?
· Contact the crib manufacturer – some manufacturers have immobilizers that fit their cribs to secure the drop-side
o Note: even with an immobilizer installed, the crib will not meet the new CPSC standards
· Check your child’s crib frequently for signs of wear – loose fittings, wobbly parts
o Never attempt “homemade fixes”
§ Do not use a crib which is broken or has missing parts
§ Contact the crib manufacturer if there are any broken or missing parts
· Crib slats should have no more than 2.62 inches of space between them
o Larger spaces between the slats can lead to serious injury or death
· Mattresses should fit snug into the crib
o The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no more than 2 fingers be able to fit between the mattress and the side of the crib
· All toys, including stuffed animals should not be in the crib at any time
o Make sure mobiles and other items are out of reach
· Always put your baby to sleep on their back
For more tips and information about the new crib regulations, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission or ask your pediatrician.
Check the crib recall list to see if you have a crib which has been recalled
§ 11 Million cribs have been recalled since 2007!
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