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The Crib Is One Of The Few Places You Will Leave Baby Alone. Follow These Baby Crib Safety Standards To Make Sure Your Baby Sleeps Safe And Snug in the Baby Nursery

In the crib, safety shouldn't be an issue - right? After all, they are designed especially for babies. The crib should be the one place where Mom can leave an infant unattended without having to worry about infant safety - even the Best Moms need a few minutes break every now and then...

BUT, according to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) statistics, over 12,000 babies are injured and 50 die in the US each year in crib accidents, (excluding SIDS deaths) due to a lack of baby crib safety.

Cribs that do not meet crib safety standards, have been associated with strangulation, laceration, amputation, entrapment, suffocation, falling and SIDS.

So how do you know if the crib that you trust with your little one's care is going to keep him or her safe?

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Don't put your angel's safety in the hands of a stranger.

Even though baby cribs are regulated by the CPSC, some dangerous products still remain on the market.

Before buying a crib make sure it's safe by checking for yourself that it meets the baby crib safety standards on this page.

There is some comfort in the fact that federal law mandates that all baby cribs sold in the United States must conform to The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) baby crib safety standards.

In addition, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) certifies baby cribs that meet, or exceed, voluntary crib safety standards issued by the American Society for Testing and Materials. These standards are stricter and safer than the mandatory baby crib safety standards promulgated by the CPSC.

Therefore, the safest baby cribs are those with JPMA certification.

JPMA certification Look out for this when you go hunting for the perfect baby crib.

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Baby Crib Safety Standards

On this page you'll find the most important infant safety standards for your baby's crib. It's the only place you will ever leave your baby completely alone. Make absolutely sure it's 100% safe.
  • Read all the assembly instructions carefully and follow them closely. In particular, make sure the drop rail is installed the right way up.
  • The crib must be sturdy, not wobbly, when you try to shake it.
  • Slats, spindles, corner posts and rods must be less than 2 3/8 inches apart at all points and there should be no loose slats.
  • The crib should have metal mattress supports. They are stronger than wood supports (important for withstanding a jumping toddler!) Absolutely no plastic!
  • The drop-side latches should require 2 distinct actions (or a minimum force of 10 pounds with one action) to release the lock.
  • If a knee-bar mechanism is used to lower the crib side, it must not be able to be tripped by toddlers crawling under the crib.
  • Lower the baby crib mattress to the lowest level when your baby can stand.
  • Use a baby crib safety teething guard to prevent splinters.
  • Always send in the product registration card that comes with every new baby crib. By returning the card, you ensure you'll be notified if your crib is recalled. Take a look at our crib recall report to make sure.

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A Note About Used Baby Cribs:

I do not recommend using a secondhand crib, as used crib safety cannot be guaranteed. If you must use a secondhand crib, please bear the following in mind:
  • Check the manufacturer's website for recalls, or see our baby crib recall report.
  • Check the crib and replace all broken or missing parts.
  • Check the crib for peeling paint.
  • Check that the crib complies with CPSC baby crib safety standards at a minimum.
  • If you need to repaint the baby crib, use high quality, household, lead-free, enamel paint. Check the manufacturer's label to make sure that there is no warning against the use of the paint on a baby crib.


That takes care of the main crib safety standards. In addition there are many other infant safety factors that contribute to your baby's sleeping environment such as:
  • Where the crib is placed in the baby nursery room.
  • The crib mattress.
  • The crib bedding.
  • The temperature of the baby nursery.
  • How you put your baby down to sleep.

All of these factors are important for infant safety, but there are far too many to cover everything here. The best way to make sure you have everything covered is to use a nursery safety checklist when you are setting up your baby nursery.

I urge you to take baby nursery and crib safety seriously and give your delicate, little newborn the environment she deserves so that she can sleep safely.

How To Protect Your Baby In The Nursery

There are far more baby nursery safety issues than those covered above.

The best way to make sure you have everything covered is to use a nursery safety checklist when you are setting up your nursery.

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The above baby crib safety information is presented by Creative Baby Nursery Rooms for the purpose of educating mothers about baby crib safety issues.

This information is accurate to the best of our knowledge but we make no guarantees in this regard.

We believe that the information provided on this site can help prevent baby crib accidents, however, an infant's safety is the responsibility of its caregiver alone.

Creative Baby Nursery Rooms accepts no responsibility for any baby crib accident, which may occur as a result of any information on this site.

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