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Cradles and Bassinets Are a Great Way to Keep Your Baby Close. Follow These Bassinet Safety Guidelines to Make Sure Your Baby is Not Only Cozy Beside You But Safe Too...

Every loving, caring mother wants nothing but the best for her precious baby. She would never intentionally put her child in harm's way. And one would think that in the baby bassinet, safety would not be an issue. It should be the one place where Mom can leave her baby unattended without having to worry about it. After all, even the best moms need a few minutes break every now and then...

But cradles and bassinets that do not meet bassinet safety standards, have been associated with falling, entrapment and strangulation when the bottom of the baby bassinet or cradle has broken. In addition suffocation has occurred where parents have not followed safe baby bedding guidelines.

The following infant safety standards are to help you make sure that your little one is in safe hands when your hands can't be there...

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Cradle And Bassinet Safety Standards

These basic infant safety standards apply to all small baby beds including baby bassinets, baby cradles and baby moses baskets.

Many baby cradle and bassinet accidents can be prevented by careful attention to detail when setting up and using these small baby beds. Improper setup can cause the baby bed to collapse resulting in injury or death to your baby.

Consider how fragile your newborn baby is everytime you lay her down to sleep.

  • Baby cradles and bassinets should have a sturdy bottom and a wide base for stability.
  • Wood or metal cradles should have slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. A bigger gap than this can allow your baby's head to slip through, presenting a risk of strangulation.
  • Check that all locking devices are properly latched before putting your baby in the baby bassinet or cradle.
  • Never move the baby bassinet or cradle while your baby is in it. Pick him up first - sneak in a cuddle while you're at it.
  • Don't exceed the recommended age or weight limits for the cradle or bassinet. As a general rule, baby cradle, moses basket and bassinet safety dictate that you stop using them when your baby is able to roll over or reaches four months of age, whichever occurs first.

    Your baby will become very attached to her small baby bed. It's tempting to leave her in it for just a week or two longer - but it isn't safe - so please don't!
  • Always send in the product registration card that comes with every new baby bassinet or cradle. By returning the card, you ensure you'll be notified if your small baby bed is recalled.
  • Check our small crib recalls page for all the latest crib, cradle and bassinet safety recall news.

JPMA certification In addition to checking against the above bassinet and cradle safety standards, look for a small baby bed with JPMA certification.

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

That takes care of the main cradle and bassinet 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 infant safety factors are important for the well-being of your baby, but there are far too many to list them all 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 bassinet safety information is presented by Creative Baby Nursery Rooms for the purpose of educating mothers about baby bassinet 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 cradle and bassinet accidents, however, an infant's safety is the responsibility of its caregiver alone.

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

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